Defending champions of the MTN FA Cup, Kumasi Asante Kotoko has disappointingly crashed out after losing 2-1 to lower division side Asokwa Deportivo this afternoon.
In what was a Round of 64 match played at the Len Clay Sports Stadium due to the closure of the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, the Porcupine Warriors were tipped as favorites to progress to the next stage of the competition.
The side lived up to expectations in the early parts of the first half as they dominated play. After constantly piling pressure on Asokwa Deportivo, Asante Kotoko finally got the breakthrough on the 33rd minute when Richard Arthur reacted quickest in the opponent’s 18-yard-box to slot into the back of the net a loose ball.
An improved performance from Asokwa Deportivo gave the impression that they could get back into the match. Though they wasted some opportunities from the corner kick, they managed to draw level in added time of the first half.
Attacker David Cudjoe showed great composure as he beat Kotoko captain and goalkeeper Felix Annan with his effort. In the second half, the forward was at his best once again and got on the scoresheet on the 65th minute to complete his brace on the afternoon.
Though Asante Kotoko piled pressure on the lower division side for the remainder of the match, they could not break down their defense, forcing the defending champions to succumb to a shocking 2-1 defeat at the round of 64 stage of the MTN FA Cup.