Superstition took centre stage at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa-Ahenkro where an injury time strike by Samuel Bioh helped Aduana Stars beat Kotoko 1-0 in their midweek Premier League fixture yesterday.
For no apparent reasons, both teams started the game with 10 men each, with their 11th players sitting on the touchline.
Aduana’s Farouk Adams and Kotoko’s Martin Antwi refused to start the game and were seen sitting on the touchline as the first half progressed but returned to start the second half.
The hosts dominated in the first half but were not clinical, and despite winning so many set pieces they failed to trouble Kotoko’s goalkeeper, Kwame Baah.
On the other hand, Kotoko could not live up to their pre-match hype, having fought to a goalless draw with Ashgold last Sunday.
They barely threatened their hosts and their play was mostly limited to defending their lines and occasionally attempted to catch the host on the break which could not yield any positive result.
Aduana maintained their composure after recess and fought with the aim of maintaining their dominance over the Porcupine Warriors at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park.
Just when it seemed the game was heading for a draw, defender Bioh popped up and outwitted two Kotoko markers before unleashing a power drive into the net to win the day for the hosts deep into injury time.
The goal sparked spontaneous jubilation from the Aduana Stars fans while Kotoko players looked bemused and eventually the referee brought proceedings to an end.