Hearts of Oak won the President’s Cup for the second year in a row by defeating Asante Kotoko 1-0 in a highly anticipated matchup between two of Ghana’s top football clubs.

President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo was present at the Accra Sports Stadium and the game was played in his honor.

The day’s hero was Konadu Yiadom of Hearts of Oak, who had controversially rejected Kotoko to join Hearts at the beginning of the season.

In the 57th minute, he headed in the game-winning goal off a well-floated cross that goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim committed to but misread utterly.

The game got off to a blistering start, with both teams creating numerous opportunities to score. Hearts of Oak’s Benjamin Yorke came close, while Kotoko’s Stephen Mukwala missed a clear chance to put his side ahead. However, the first half ended in a stalemate, with neither team able to break the deadlock.

The second half began much like the first, but it was Hearts of Oak who eventually took the lead through Yiadom’s goal. Kotoko tried to mount a comeback, but Hearts’ defence stood tall, denying them any clear opportunities to score.

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