8 : 7
0 : 2
0 : 1
1 : 0
2 : 1
5 : 6
Rising force Edubiase win Ghana FA Cup
New Edubiase United, one of the rising forces in Ghana football masterminded a historic feat by beating AshantiGold by a lone goal on Sunday to win the FA Cup.
Captain Moro Ibrahim scored the only goal of the match in the second half at the Accra Sports Stadium as Edubiase clinched their biggest silverware for a club, which gained promotion to the Ghanaian elite division three years ago.
The victors also achieved another plus as not having conceded a goal in the journey to success.
AshantiGold, losing finalists in the 1997 CAF Champions League failed to live up to their pre-match favourites tag as they paid dearly for their failure to convert their chances early in the game.
After a barren first half dominated by AshantiGold, the tide turned in favour of Edubiase United in the second half.
Six minutes later, Ibrahim broke the deadlock with a powerful shot from a free-kick that AshantiGold goalie Fatau Dauda had no answers. Edubiase controlled the game and striker Stephen Manu was put through a few times, but he blasted wide on each occasion.
On the hour mark, AshantiGold were dealt a huge blow when midfielder Eric Opoku was sent off for a tackle on Edubiase forward Basit Adams, who was a threat to the AshantiGold rear. The numerical disadvantage affected the play of the Miners, whilst the few times they were able to break through, substitute Alex Asamoah fluffed the chances, allowing Edubiase to cruise to the title.
Edubiase, based in Bekwai, situated south of Kumasi, will represent Ghana in next year’s Orange CAF Confederation Cup.
HOSTS COUNTRIES OF NEXT CAF COMPETITIONSOrange CAN 2012
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