Partners Kotoko taste title glory

Ghanaian club retain crown in dramatic fashion.

One of Sunderland’s African club partners, Asante Kotoko, have retained their Ghanaian Premier League title in dramatic fashion.

Kotoko went into the final round of games level on points with second-placed Berekum Chelsea, with the two sides separated only by goal difference.

The Porcupines knew victory at Amidaus Profs would secure their 22nd league championship while Berekum travelled to relegation-threatened Heart of Lions.

A potential play-off match added extra intrigue – league rules state that a title cannot be decided by goal difference should the contenders finish level on points.

However, the Fabulous Lads finished the job as Prince Baffoe’s 67th-minute goal ensured all three points at Tema Park.

Meanwhile, Berekum suffered a 2-1 away defeat to a Heart of Lions side who secured their top-flight status.

Kotoko lost just two games all season, winning 14 and drawing a further 14.

They will now be hoping to round off another successful campaign by securing the MTN FA Cup at the expense of Medeama on July 14.

The club will also represent Ghana in next season’s CAF Champions League.