Deputy coach of Asante Kotoko, Johnson Smith has attributed their 2-1 defeat against Bechem United in the week 33 fixture to poor officiating.
The Porcupine Warriors’ title chase was finally halted after the defeat at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park on Sunday.
Steven Owusu shot Bechem United into the lead with just 10 minutes played.
Solomon Sarfo Taylor however capitalized on a goalkeeping error to pull level for Kotoko in the 34th minute.
Five minutes after Kotoko’s equalizer, Bechem United were awarded a penalty which Steven Owusu made no mistake in sending Kotoko goalkeeper, Razak Abalora the wrong way to put the game at 2-1.
Johnson Smith said. “It’s all due to the officiating because the dubious penalty he had for Bechem people dampened our spirit, that’s why.
“The team we presented was a very good team, because of the injuries even Keyeke is injured but he was forced to play.
“But due to the referees officiating, that brings all the dampening of the spirit.” Johnson Smith said.
Kotoko will finish second at the end of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season as they trail rivals, Hearts of Oak by four points on 57 with a final game against Elmina Sharks at the Len Clay Stadium on Sunday, July 18.
The record Ghana league holders will turn attention to the MTN FA Cup where the find themselves in the quarter finals alongside Hearts of Oak.