Giants Asante Kotoko have earned GHS200,000 after being crowned champions of the NC Tier I Special Competition on Sunday.
The Porcupine Warriors deflated a high-flying Karela United FC side to win the premier-only competition dubbed the Tier I.
The Premier A runner ups had to fight from behind to draw 1-1 with the Passioners in a highly entertaining game at the 45,000 capacity stadium in Asokwa – Kumasi.
Emmanuel Osei Baffour curled home the opener for Johnson Smith’s boys on the 48th minute mark but Songné Yacouba climbed off the bench to win a penalty for Kotoko after he was shoved down in a tussle for a midair y Nurudeen Abdulai inside the Karela box.
Abdul Safiu Fatawu stepped up and expertly dispatched the all home for the leveller on with 21 minutes left to play. The 24-year-old’s goal means he has gone on level with Charles Diawisie Taylor who fired blank in the game.
Kotoko went ahead to win the tie 4-1 on penalties after Karela missed their opening 2 kicks as Osei Kwame saved Ampem Da Costa’s save.
The Kumasi-based side will receive their price money from the GFA Normalisation Committee who are the organisers of the competition.
This means Kotoko have pocketed a total of GHS300,000 after winning the semi-final tie against Hearts of Oak and claiming the ultimate against Karela on Sunday.
The Porcupine Warriors will now represent Ghana in next season’s CAF Champions League.