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MATCH REPORT: Andy Kumi, Michael Vinicius gets debut goals as Asante Kotoko wallop Bechem United in Obuasi Featured

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Coach Mariano Barreto exhibited a masterclass in his first game at the bench for Kotoko after marmalizing Bechem United by 4-0 at the Len Clay Stadium to clear out a week 16 outstanding fixture of the ongoing campaign.

The Porcupine Warriors with a bright start of the game making an early attempt on the 2nd minute after Andy Kumi Francis headed from Imoro Ibrahim's cross but ball went straight at the throat of the visitors goalkeeper.

The home team looked like they have taken the lead on the 6th minute after Andy Kumi Francis once again scored after collecting a sumptuous mirror pass from Fabio Gama to connect into the net, only to have his goal disallowed for offside.
On the 10th minute, Kotoko nearly broke the deadlock of the game after centre-back Habib Mohammed jumped high over everyone to connect another Imoro's cross but went off the upright. Just Unlucky!
It has been the home team who are all over, jogling, exchanging passes and determining the pace and pattern of the game.
Kotoko with a free kick, a quick effect from Gama to Abdul Ganiyu Ismail who controlled and a launched in a bullet drive which moved straight into the net to hand Kotoko the lead. Something they have been hunting for throughout.
Bechem United made their first dangerous incursion in the game after skipper Moro Salifu drived them towards Kotoko's area, unleashed a pass to Charles Mensah but his effort just went wide off the crossbar leading into a restart.
With just three minutes to half time, the 'Kum Apem' lads doubled their lead through Brazilian international Fabio Gama after receiving a pass from Andy Kumi Francis in the box to slot into the buttom left corner.
In the second half, the Hunters started on a higher having won a free kick at a very advantageous position but their quest for the equaliser from that set piece was only cleared out by Habib Mohammed  with a header from their area.
The demolition exercise proceeds in Obuasi as Asante Kotoko netted their third of the day after Andy Kumi Francis connected with a beautiful header from Imoro's cross to mark his debut goal for his new club in the league.
Bechem United attacking really strong in the second half trying to fire from all cylinders which resulted them another free kick just behind the Kotoko's edge of the box but Emmanuel Asante's effort went too wide.
The host scores their fourth of the day after new Brazilian import Michael Vinicius came off the bench to get his debut goal after curling into the net as a rebound to Godfred Asiamah's early effort which was blocked by the Hunters back line.
Referee's whistle to bring proceedings to an end in Obuasi, total dominance from Asante Kotoko who have now leapfrogged bitterest rivals Hearts of Oak to the third position with 31 points.
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