NC Tier II Special Cup Semi Final Wrap: Ashgold Sink Kotoko In Accra As Nzema Kotoko Humble Unistar Academy


Ashanti Gold brushed off their painful defeat over the weekends against Karela United by coming back from a goal down to beat regional rivals Asante Kotoko by 3-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium to qualify for the finals of the tier two of the NC Special Competition.

Goals from Yussif Mubarik, Emmanuel Owusu and Mark Agyekum gave the Miners the needed victory, despite a consolation fron Naby Keita.

Naby Keita broke the deadlock of the game just four minutes after kickoff, tapping in a cross from Stephen Nyarko.

Ashanti Gold responded just two minutes after going down, Yussif Mubarik outjumped the Kotoko defence to head home a cross from Roland Amouzou to draw the Miners level.

Ashanti Gold made it 2-1 in the 31st minute after Emmanuel Owusu connected beautifully to Amouzou’s cross to give his side the lead.

Ashanti Gold made it 3-1 in the 55th minute, Mark Agyekum was left unmarked as he headed the ball home to put the game beyond the Asante Kotoko goalie.

Elsewhere in Cape Coast, Nzema Kotoko staged a stupendous comeback from a goal down to beat Unistar Academy by 2-1 to qualify to the finals of the Normalization of the Competition.

Francis Atitsogbo’s strike cancelled out Muftawu Ali’s opener before Agyenim Mensah completed the comeback through a penalty.

Unistar Academy took the lead in the 26th minute through Ali Muftawu tapping in a cross from close range.

But the Nzema-based club responded quickly in the 27th minute through Francis Atitsogbo.

Nzema Kotoko completed their comeback by making it 2-1 in the 38th minute.

Agyenim Boateng Mensah nicely converted from the spot to give his side the lead.

Nzema Kotoko will now face Ashantigold in the finals of the tier two league.

The winner of the competition will represent Ghana in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.


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