Head coach of Asante Kotoko, Mariano Baretto has defended the penalty that led to their second and the winning goal against Karela in the week 30 fixture at the Len Clay Stadium on Wednesday.
Kotoko hosted the Anyinase based club in Obuasi in the 2020/21 Ghana premier league with the Porcupine Warriors taking a first half lead through captain, Emmanuel Gyamfi on the 21st minute.
After a barren first half, the teams returned for the second department which saw Karela’s deadly striker, Diawisie Taylor pulling level on the 59th minute.
A very controversial penalty was awarded to Kotoko after Karela goalkeeper, Richard Baidoo was adjudged to have brought down Kotoko striker, Evans Adomako in the 71st minute.
Coach Barreto agrees with the referee’s decision of awarding them the penalty.
“I don’t know what is in the mouth of people.
“Before I had my doubts but after I saw the video, all the people are saying, it’s a clear penalty.
“So it should be 3-1, it was finished 2-1 that’s ok.
“Most important is the hardwork we did and most important is the team work we showed.” Baretto said.
Brazil import, Fabio Gama made no mistake by planting the ball behind Richard Baidoo for Kotoko’s winner in the 72nd minute.
Asante Kotoko now climb temporarily into the summit of the league log with 56 points from 30 matches.
Hearts of Oak, who are second with 53 points will play Legon Cities FC on Thursday and a win will topple Kotoko from the top.