The start of the Aduana Stars season couldn’t have been better. But Andrews Appau of Kotoko smothered Kwame Adom’s exquisite through ball and ensured it rolled out to a goalkick.
A few minutes later, Asante Kotoko came within inches of a goal when Stephen Amankona’s low cross was deflected wide by a visitor.
Aduana Stars were able to settle into the game after Bright Adjei attempted to break through but was stopped by Mubarik Yusif in the process.
It was Emmanuel Gyamfi’s attempt to upset his former club that was thwarted by a brilliant slide tackle from Emmanuel Nettey that kept the game level.
After several close calls, the Porcupine warriors finally broke the game’s seal.
An outside-the-box goal by Cameroonian forward Mbella clinched victory for Liverpool with his 18th goal of the season in the Barclays Premier League.
Resuming from the break, Kotoko nearly doubled their lead in the first six minutes, but Aduana Stars goalkeeper Joseph Addo was able to deny Sheriff Mohammed.
Their quest for an equalizer was being stepped up by the Dormaa club.
Despite the fact that Bright Adjei was in a dangerous position, Imoro Ibrahim reacted quickly to deny him any room in the 18-yard box.
After George Mfegue was brought down in the box in the 61st minute, Kotoko awarded a penalty. Joseph Addo snatched away Frank Etouga Mbella’s effort.
The 83rd-minute penalty was awarded to the home team for the second time. Aduana Stars skipper Joseph Addo denied Frank Etouga’s goal for the second time in as many games.
Adjei’s late goal rescued a 1-1 draw for Ogya at the Baba Sports Stadium, as both sides came away with a stalemate in a tense match.