MATCH REPORT: Late Drama as Nations FC and Asante Kotoko share spoils in Abrankese.

Ivorian Amadou Diarra scored late to secure a point for Nations FC in a four-goal thriller match at the Dr. Kwame Kyei Sports Complex in Abrankese.

Premier League debutants, Nations FC hosted the record winner Asante Kotoko for the first in the Ashanti Regional derby in an entertaining game that ended 2-2.

Both teams started the game with some enterprising passing in the middle of the field, created some decent chances but failed to convert them in the first department of the game. Asante Kotoko came closer to breaking the deadlock but Ousmane, Nations FC goalkeeper made a crucial save in the 42nd minute to deny Kalo the opener.

Five minutes into the second half, Nations FC  broke the virginity of the through an own from former Berekum Chelsea center-back Henry Ansu who failed the direct his head away from his area after Amadou Diarra’s corner kick.

Asante Kotoko continued putting pressure on Nations FC in search of their equalizer but the defense of Nations FC was resolute and compact 68th-minute substitute Steven Dese Mukwala got the equalizer for Asante Kotoko in the 86th minute to bring the game leveled.

Four minutes after the equalizer, former WAFA captain Michael Kyei Dwamena made it 2-1 for the Porcupine Warriors after being set up in the penalty box by Richmond Lamptey.

In the 95th minute, Nations FC was awarded a penalty kick which Amadou Diarra stepped up and sent Danlad Ibrahim the wrong way to make it 2-2. The penalty was delayed after the fans were not happy with the decision from Referee Abdul Latif Qadir.

The draw drops Asante Kotoko to the 7th position on the league table after six matches while Nations FC occupies the 14th position after five games played.

Next for Asante Kotoko is at home to Bechem United while Nations FC will travel to Tarkwa to play a quest to defending champions Medeama SC in week 3 outstanding on Wednesday before they travel to the capital to face Great Olympics next weekend.




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