MATCH REPORT: Richard Danso scored late to secure a point for Nations FC in Abrankese – Betpawa Premier League.

Former Aduana Football Club and West Africa Football Academy graduate Richard Danso scored late to cancel Hamza Issah’s goal at the Dr. Kwame Kyei Sports Complex in week fifteen of the Betpawa Premier League.

Danso’s goal extends Nations Football Club’s unbeaten run to six in the Betpawa Premier League. Coach Kassim Mingle’s side has won five and drew one in their last six games in the Betpawa Premier League but for Hearts of Oak, it’s their fourth game in a row in the League without a win, two drawn games, and two losses.

It took Hearts of Oak just nine minutes inside the game to break the deadlock through their leading scorer Hamza Issah (five goals), who was promoted from Auroras ahead of the 2023/24 season after a poor defensive play from Captain Emmanuel Boahene.


Three minutes after conceding, Nations Football Club right back Victor Oduro went on a solo run but his strike was saved by Richmond Ayi.

After conceding the early goal, Nations Football Club settled well into the game and had control of the match. They pressed Hearts of Oak high on the pitch and created some decent goal-scoring chances but failed to connect them.


Berimah Baah, who has been a beast at the Dr. Kwame Kyei Sports Complex scored for Nations Football Club in the 35th minute but assistant referee two Peter Dawsa raised his flag for an offside. The game remained 0-1 for Hearts of Oak.



Back from recess, Experienced Kassim Mingle made an early substitution by bringing on a striker Asamoah Afriyie Boateng to replace the Ivorian playmaker Amidou Diarra in the 50th minute to add more men upfront. The substitution worked to perfection as Nations Football Club had total control of the second half.

In the 77th minute, Hearts of Oak captain Richmond Ayi made a crucial save to deny Nafiu Sulemana from getting the equalizer for the Premier League debutants. Before that, Hamza Issah had the chance to double the lead for the Accra-based club but failed to take the opportunity after being put through by Salifu Ibrahim in the 63rd minute.

Richard Danso finally got the equalizer for Nations Football Club in the 94th minute after getting on the end of a delightful cross from Prince Acquah.

Nations Football Club remains in the 4th position with twenty-four points while Hearts of Oak Sporting Club drops to the 9th position with seventeen points after fifteen matches played.

Elsewhere in Dormaa yesterday, Bright Adjei’s lone goal steered the “Ogya Boys” to victory over Bechem United in the Bono Derby at the Nana Agyemang Badu I park.

Next for Hearts of Oak is the Accra derby against the wonder club, Accra Great Olympics at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. The game was supposed to be played at the Accra Sports Stadium but due to the unavailability of the stadium, Great Olympics adopted the Baba Yara Sports Stadium while Nations Football Club will square it off with Bechem United at the Nana Fosu Gyaebour Park in Bechem.




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