WAFA welcomed Asante Kotoko to the Sogakope Stadium for a midweek action. WAFA came into the game at the back of 1-0 victory against Olympics in Accra, whiles Kotoko came into the game at the back of a 1-1 draw in Kumasi against Liberty Professionals.
WAFA’s starting 11 versus Kotoko
Prince Ato Bilson (GK), Ibrahim Abukari (C), John Tedeku, Konadu Yiadom, Youssoufou Atte-Prosper Ahiabu, Forson Amankwah, Andrews Ntim-Daniel Owusu, Eric Asamany, Augustine Boakye
Subs: Boliver Sarfo Owusu, Bortey Acquaye, Kelvin Boakye Yiadom, Sampson Agyapong, Richard Danso, Lawrence Agyekum, Marvin Owusu.
Kotoko lineup versus WAFA
Kwame Baah (GK), Christopher Nettey, Ibrahim Moro, Agyemang Badu, Habib Mohammed, Justice Blay, Kelvin Andoh, Kwame Adom Frimpong, Emmanuel Gyamfi (C), Richard Arthur, Kingsley Effah
Subs: Felix Annan (GK), Collins Ameyaw, Patrick Yeboah, William Opoku Mensah, Rich, Martin Antwi, Maxwell Baakoh, Empem Dacosta
The game started at a slow pace with both sides playing cautiously and failing to create any real chance in the first opening minutes. WAFA saw most of the ball and goalkeeper Kwame Baah on some few occasions had to step off his line to grab one or two aerial balls.
After a poor cornerkick from WAFA in 23rd minute, Emmanuel Gyamfi broke away on a counter, but he couldn’t find the right pass in the final 3rd, his feeble cross went straight into the hands of goalkeeper Ato Bilson.
The first biggest opportunity of the game fell to Augustine Boakye in the 27th minute, Ibrahim Abukari set him on goal with a beautiful long pass, but he couldn’t hit the target as he sent his shot wide.
The first yellow card of the game was shown to Richard Arthur after he fired the ball into the net against the Referee’s whistle.
With a minute left for the first half to come to an end, Forson Amankwah was fouled just meters away from the Kotoko 18 yard box, Proper Ahiabu’s shot went over the bar.
The referee brought the first half to an end with only one clear cut chance created, 0-0.
The second half started just like the first half started, most of the ball in the early minutes of the second half was played in midfield.
Habib Mohammed in the 53rd minute failed to deal with an aerial ball, Prosper Ahiabu took advantage of the situation but his low shot could only find the gloves of Kwame Baah.
Kotoko made two subs before the final quarter of the game. Kelvin Andoh came on for Martin Antwi. William Opoku as well came on for Kingsley Effah. WAFA also subbed off Daniel Owusu for Richard Danso.
Just minutes after coming on, Richard Danso made a good run into the Kotoko half and unleashed a monstrous pile-driver, which was just a whisker away from the right post.
Kotoko started to see more of the ball. Emmanuel Gyamfi in the 73rd minute made a good run into the WAFA half, he laid a cut back to William Opoku at the edge of the box whose curled effort was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Ato Bilson.
After a lengthy lay off, Martin Antwi came on for skipper Emmanuel Gyamfi in the 75th minute. He nearly made an instant impact, he received a pass from William Mensah at the edge of the box, but his low shot was just meters away from hitting the target.
After 2 minutes of time added on and just seconds left to play, Richard Danso had the chance to break the deadlock and the hearts of Asante Kotoko fans, but he skied his shot from inside the box.
Referee brought proceedings to an end. The game ended 0-0. Prosper Ahiabu was adjudged Nasco man of the match.
Kotoko will travel to Dawu to play Dreams on Sunday whiles WAFA travel to Kumasi to face King Faisal.
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