Ghana Premier League champions, Hearts of Oak have won the 2022 GHALCA President’s Cup after beating rivals Asante Kotoko 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Pretensions from Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and substitute Patrick Razak saw the Phobiana crop victorious in what was a cagey hassle, icing Samuel Boateng’s strike was only good enough for a consolation.
The kick-off of the President’s Cup game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium was delayed due to the late appearance of the chairman, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.
The players had formerly been transferred onto the field and had changed amenities amongst themselves and were ready for the adjudicator to whoosh for the inception of the hassle before the convoy of the chairman arrived at the match centre.
The game, which was originally anticipated to get underway at exactly 1800 GMT was made to stay for an fresh 30 twinkles as the match officers and players awaited for the chairman to perform the usual conventional kick.
Despite calls to use their borderline players for the game, both Samuel Boadu and Prosper Ogum Narteh named strong starting line-ups for the game.
Hearts and Kotoko both made one change to the platoon that faced each other two weeks ago in the Ghana Premier League, with Isaac Mensah replacing Gladson Awako in the Hearts set-up while Justice Blay came in for Dickson Afoakwa in the Kotoko line-up.
The President’s Cup is an periodic conventional game organized by the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) to be played in honour of the chairman of the country.
The Porcupine Soldiers won the last edition at the Accra Sports Stadium, beating the Phobians with a 2-1 scoreline.