Saddick Adams’ hat trick ensured that Asante Kotoko SC got their deserved victory over their arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak in the grand finale of the 2017 edition of the MTN FA Cup.
The much anticipated match was played in Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana.
SAddick Adams gave the Porcupine warriors an early lead in the 2nd minute before converting a penalty to double Kotoko’s lead.
Emmanuel Gyamfi’s pace caused problems for Hearts of Oak on the right as he broke free early on and gave the number 99 striker a diagonal pass which Saddick also controlled and went pass Benjamin Mensah in post for Hearts of Oak to put the game beyond the phobians.
Adams proved too slippery for Hearts defender Richard Akrofi as he maintained his composure inside the box and calmly planted the ball behind the on-rushing Ben Mensah’s net.
The Phobians came back in the second half with more fire, pressuring Kotoko to defend mostly in their own half but goal keeper Felix Annan was also up to the task as he stood between Hearts and goal.
Hearts got their consolation goal after their break when Thomas Abbey headed home from a Fatawu Mohammed’s left cross but the Phobians could not complete their comeback as they slipped to defeat.
Hearts piled pressure with Patrick Razak and Kwame Kizito all coming close with brilliant displays but their efforts were not enough as they could not score again before the game ended.
Saddick Adams first half hat-trick against Hearts of Oak in the grand final saw him becoming the first player to score a thrice against their rivals since 1983.
Kotoko will now join League Champions Aduana Stars as Ghana’s two representatives in Africa next year as Aduana plays in the CAF Champions league.
The Porcupine Warriors will be making a return to Africa since 2014 when they participated in the CAF Champions League.