Paga (UE), Dec. 6, GNA - Paga Crocodile Stars, a Second Division football team in the Upper east Region over the weekend held Abedi Pele's F.C. Nania t a shocking goalless drawn game at Paga.
The Nania boys were in Paga to participate in the celebration of the annual Fao festival of the Chiefs and people of the Paga Traditional area.
Both sides entertained the fully packed park with dribbling skills but it was the Nania lads who had the upper hand as they combined their artistic display of soccer with experienced play but they could not be translated their chances to goals.
Spectators from Navrongo and its environs and others from Po in neighbouring Burkina Faso thronged to Paga to witness the friendly match when they heard of the presence of players of FC Nania. Before the commencement of the match, predictions were that the Nania lads was going to demolish the Crocodile Stars but the homesters proved they worth and prevented, a son of the land from disgracing them. The Paga lads playing with little experience had so many scoring chances, particularly in the first half but failed to capitalise on their chances to find the net.
FC Nania made several changes in an attempt to score at least a consolation goal but Amidu Achana in goal for the Crocodiles was at his best to thwart their efforts till class one referee, M.Y. Kodua from Bolgatanga brought the game to an end.
Mr. Annor Walker, Assistant coach for FC Nania told the GNA Sports after the match that he was surprised with the performance of the Crocodile lads saying, "I thought we could score them more than four goals but they surprised us".
He said they decided not to use the full squad because they were preparing to meet Kumasi Asante Kotoko in a friendly match. "We need to come back to Paga and hunt for players because the potentials are there" adding that "No doubt Abedi became a hero in soccer".
On his part, the head coach of the Crocodiles, Mr Salifu Abdulai indicated that the Crocodiles put such performance in an effort to score Nania to upgrade their status so that individuals would be interested in supporting them.