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Hearts handed Reality-check in President cup defeat to Kotoko

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Asante Kotoko came from behind to beat rivals Hearts of Oak to win 2019 President Cup at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The match saw Hearts of Oak score the opener from a spot-kick after Kofi Kordzi had neatly converted from the spot in the 36th minute.

The Phobians failed to hold unto the lead as defender Mohammed Alhassan deflected a left-footed cross from Patrick Yeboah into his own neat, with barely five minutes to end the half.

It ended all square at the break with both teams enjoying a fair share of proceedings at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Coach Maxwell Konadu following recess introduced eventual match-winner Naby Keita for Collins Ameyaw in the 56th minute.

The Guinean international just six minutes after coming on struck home for Kotoko after connecting a cross from Patrick Yeboah in the 64th minute sending the porcupine faithful into frenzy celebration.

Despite Several attempts, the visitors could not find the equalizer with Hearts’ Robert Sowah ending up being shown red after receiving his second booking in the match.

Kotoko held on to finish the game 2-1, crowning them 2019 President’s Cup champions.

The victory would be a huge boost for Asante Kotoko ahead of the Ghana premier league opener against Techiman Eleven Wonders.

For Hearts, the defeat in the hands of their sworn rivals could only be a reality check having been tipped by pundits as favorites to win the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League.

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