Kotoko alias Asante Kotoko FC is a professional football club in Kumasi, the Ashanti region, in Ghana. The team participates in both the Ghanaian Premier League as well as the CAF Champions League. Despite facing some of the most challenging teams, the “Porcupine Warriors” are the 2019-2020 most successful club in Ghana.
Asante Kotoko has played some of the most exciting fixtures over the years. As a football fanatic, you are sure to enjoy how the coach and the squad share active chemistry and how effective their strategies work. Below is a selection of the top 5 memorable Kotoko matches worth re-watching.
1. Kotoko vs Hearts
Kotoko and Hearts are considered to be the Ghanaian giants. Matches between them offer a series of exciting and enjoyable moments to the Ghanaian football fans, both on and off the field.
This was a clash among the two Ghanaian giants at the Tamale Sports Stadium. In the first half of the match, Saddik Adams broke the previous record set by Opoku Nti by scoring a hat-trick against the Phobias. But in the second half, Thomas Abbey's goal was the only consolation goal for Hearts. The Porcupine Warriors won their ninth FA Cup in the club’s history on that day.
Asante Kotoko 3 Hearts (Phobias) 1 (October 2017)
2. Kotoko vs Nkana
On 3rd March 2019, the motivated Porcupine Warriors demonstrated a fantastic comeback. They repeated a 26-year old historical event by gunning down Zambian side Nkana at the Baba Yala Stadium.
Under three minutes of the first half, Abdul Fatawu Shafiwu scored a thunderous free-kick putting Asante on the lead. Emmanuel Gyamfi assisted Daniel Darkwah with a beautiful cross on the 21st-minute score, while Martin Antwi added the third goal on the 25th minute through an epic free-kick.
This silenced the Nkana side that won in the first leg in Zambia by 3-1. The second half ended with strong defense on both sides. Fans from the two teams had an emotional roller coaster ride throughout the second half. It was such a memorable win moment to Ghanaian fans after the blowing of the final whistle.
Asante Kotoko 3 Nkana 0
3. Kotoko vs Al Hilal
Al Hilal is a Sudanese football club drawn in the same group with Asante Kotoko in the CAF Confederation Cup.
3 February 2019 happened to e the first match between the two teams in 2019. It also happened to be their first Kotoko away game during the CAF Cup competition. During the game, the Porcupine Warriors played without side wingers, Maxwell Baakoh and Emmanuel Gyamfi.
Kumasi team was narrowly beaten one-nil by the Sudanese giants. As a football fan, you have experienced that tension when a comeback is needed in the game. It was the efforts of Waleed Hamid, who scored the only goal of the match on the 40th minute. The Ghanaian team struggled to conceive but to no avail. The scoreline remained stagnant till the referee blew the final whistle.
Al Hilal 1 Kotoko 0
4. Kotoko vs Zesco
Zesco is a heavyweight Zambian Football Club who played the Ghanaian giants in the CAF Cup competition. Porcupine Warriors needed a win in this game to revive their chances of making it to the knock out stages. The match was long-awaited by Ghanaians fans, hoping that their team would not fail them.
It was on 13 February 2019, in Baba Yara Stadium. Every team was set and the fans cheered their side in the fully packed stadium. The match started with accurate passes and on the 4th minute, and Zesco had their first corner.
Fatawu Safiuhas broke the deadlock for Porcupines in the 8th minute. The Porcupine team controlled the tempo nicely with short passes. In the 21st minute, the ball touched Zesco’s empty net. It was a strike from Emmanuel Gyamfi, scoring from Asante’s team. The first half ended with the Ghanaian team leading with the scores.
Asante Kotoko 2 Zesco United 1
In the second half, Osmanu pulled a goal back for the visitors. What's more, Zesco was awarded a red card on the 90th minute, where Kondwani stamped on Baako. The game was over and Kotoko won the home match maintaining their unbeaten record.
5. Kotoko vs Etoile du Sahel
Etoile du Sahel football team is founded in Tunisia. In 2019, Etoile was drawn in the same group with the Ghanaian giants in CAF Cup Competition. The Tunisian Stars had 2-0 away defeat in the first leg hosted by Asante’s team.
The Ghanaian giants visited Tunisia to play Etoile on 29 September 2019. The Tunisian stars turned the tables for the Kumasi team. beating them a 3-0 defeat. The home team took the lead in the 20th minute through a penalty scored by Ahmed.
In the 69th minute, Aribi did it again for Etoile, with a header to forge a two-goal lead. The match continued until the 85th minute, where Aribi shined scoring the 3rd goal for the Tunisian stars.
The Porcupine tried to put more of their best men forward, but it was all in vain. The game ended with Kotoko losing the match, hence not making it to the knock out stages. This was a sad moment for the Ghanaian team who only participated in the playoffs.
Etoile 3 Asante Kotoko 0
On Wednesday 12, July 2017, the Asante Football team was involved in a fatal road accident. The club’s bus was returning to Kumasi from Accra, where they had a match in the Ghana Premier League.
The accident occurred when the driver was overtaking a salon car. He tried getting back to his lane but ended up running into a stationary truck. The accident resulted in the death of Thomas Kofi Obeng Asare, the Deputy Equipment Officer, and the driver’s mate of the stationary vehicle. Other several Asante Kotoko players suffered minor and severe injuries.
The former Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Isaac Amoako stated that two years down the line (since the accident), two of the players are still unable to play football. According to him, Ollenu Ashitey and Baba Mahama are still struggling to get back on the field since the day of the accident.
He added that the driver is also unemployed due to the injuries he suffered. Isaac said this when talking to Kumasi based Metro FM. You can get more information about the club's events and occurences by following Asante Kotoko twitter page.
Get familiar with the 5 most memorable Kotoko matches. These matches had a competitive balance and a high quality of play. Just like most of the unbeaten Porcupine Warriors matches, the games had twists and turns, wins, and loses, among other memorable events.