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Sports News Wed, 30 Jun 1999

Obuasi Goldfields? one goal sinks Kotoko

At the Len Clay Stadium, a 90th minute penalty converted by Mike Ofori gave Obuasi Goldfields a 1-0 victory over Kumasi Asante Kotoko in their match yesterday, which was rained off this pass Sunday.

Immediately after kick-off by Kotoko, Goldfields, who were poised to reverse the numerous defeats at the hands of the visitors, took control over the game and earned a scoring chance in the fourth minute, but Lawrence Adjei wasted it. With an empty net in front of him, the Goldfields winger surprisingly shot against the crossbar.

Kotoko counter-attacked immediately, but Kambou Clovis' terrific drive missed the target narrowly. In the 21st minute, Kotoko brought on Jonas Akorli for injured Tanko Amadu, but the substitute was unable to make an impact in the match as he was sent off four minutes later for a dangerous tackle on Wandel Momo of Goldfields.

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The miners also pulled out Eric Boakye for Naseem Abubakari two minutes before the break, while Kotoko substituted Clovis with Ernest Boateng in the 55th minute. In the 64th minute Goldfields nearly scored the opening goal, but Momo shot wide with only goalkeeper Constance Mantey of Kotoko to beat. In the dying minutes, when the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw, Princeton Owusu-Ansah of Goaldfields was brought down in the Kotoko '18' and referee Alex Kotey of Accra whistled for a penalty.

This drew protests from the Kotoko players. When sanity prevailed, Ofori converted the kick for the lone goal victory.

Source: Joy FM
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