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10.09.2003 League Report

Outstanding league results: Power Hold Kotoko

By GNA
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Accra, Sept. 10, GNA - Results of 20th-week outstanding Kinapharma Premier League matches on Wednesday. Cape Coast: Power.......One (1) Kotoko......One (1) Kumasi: King Faisal...Two (2) B. A. United.....Nil (0) Kotoko sweat to draw against Power Cape Coast, Sept. 10, GNA - An 88th-minute spot kick converted by Kotoko's arrowhead Nana Arhin Dua enabled the "red army" to pulled a last gasp 1-1 drawn game with Koforidua-based Power F/C in their 20th-week outstanding Kinapharma Premier League match at the Cape Coast Stadium on Wednesday.

Kotoko still maintain the top spot on 45 points, a point better than their bitterest rivals Accra Hearts of Oak while Power are stuck at the 11th position on 21 points.

Power took the lead in the 31st minute after dominating the early exchanges of the game. Kotoko goalie Louise Quainoo found Baba Yara's thunderbolt too hot to handle as he pushed the ball into his own net for Power's opener.

In order to consolidate their thin lead, Power pushed more men into midfield to quash the threatening moves by the Kotoko attackers, which operated round Charles Taylor, but that could not deter the determined league leaders from pressing for the equalizer. Coach Abdul Razak brought on reserve goalkeeper Mohammed Alhassan for Louise after recess as Kotoko re-launched incessant attacks especially during the last 10 minutes of the game, wining as many as 10 corners kicks.

It was during one of such attacks in the 83rd minute that hard-pressed defender Bernard Asare intentionally handled the ball in the penalty area for Sunyani-based class One referee J. H. Quarshie to award Kotoko with the spot and also showed the defender the red card. Arhin Dua converted the kick beautifully to the relief of the vociferous Kotoko fans who had thronged the stadium hours before kick off.

The match was declared outstanding because of the Kotoko-APR F/C of Rwanda Cup Winners Cup first leg quarterfinal clash at the Kumasi Sports Stadium last Sunday. Kotoko won the match 2-1. King Faisal moved to the third position in the Kinapharma premiership ladder when they beat visiting Brong-Ahafo United 2-0 in their match at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.

Faisal opened the scores in the 24th-minute when a B. A defender in an attempt to clear a dangerous ball from the goal area, rather, pushed it into his own net. Faisal, who dominated the game especially in the first half but squandered several opportunities until the 72nd-minute when Kwabena Boateng cleverly slotted in a cross from Abubakari Yahuza for the second goal. B. A United who played an impressive football, however, failed to make any serious incursion into Faisal's "danger zone" as their (Faisal) opponent proved too strong for them. Update of the Kinapharma Premier League Standings Standings of the 16-club Kinapharma Premier League after the 20th-week outstanding matches on Wednesday. ---- P W L D F A ... P W L D F A GD..pts Kotoko 10 8 0 2 20 5 10 5 1 4 13 6 22 45 Hearts 10 6 0 4 17 5 10 6 0 4 12 3 21 44 King Faisal 10 6 2 2 17 7 10 4 3 3 12 7 15 35 Arsenals 10 8 1 1 14 3 10 3 6 1 8 11 8 35 Goldfields 10 8 1 1 19 4 10 1 2 7 9 11 10 32 Liberty 10 4 1 5 13 7 10 4 4 2 12 14 4 31 Olympics 10 5 2 3 13 8 10 1 4 5 7 11 1 26 Hasaacas 10 6 0 4 12 5 10 0 8 2 3 14 -4 24 Lions 10 6 1 3 16 9 10 1 9 0 5 20 -8 24 Mines Stars 10 7 1 2 10 2 10 0 9 1 1 18 -9 24 R T U 10 5 3 2 10 4 10 0 5 5 3 17 -8 22 Power 11 3 4 4 5 8 9 2 5 2 5 8 -6 21 Bofoakwa 10 5 3 2 10 7 10 0 8 2 3 13 -7 19 B. A United 10 5 2 3 8 7 10 1 9 0 6 19 -12 19 Okwawu 10 3 4 3 10 13 10 0 6 4 3 10 -10 16 Stay Cool 9 2 4 3 5 9 11 1 7 3 5 17 -16 15 Scorers chart after the 20th-week matches Scorers' chart of the Kinapharma Premier League after the outstanding league matches between Power F/C Kotoko and King Faisal/BA United played on Wednesday.

12 - Shaibu Yakubu (Goldfields)

9 - Kwadwo Poku (King Faisal)

7 - Asamoah Gyan (Liberty)

6 - Paa Joe Kuma (Olympics) Abraham Kudemor (Lions) Lawrence Adjei (Hearts)

5 - Nana Arhin Duah, Michael Osei, Isaac Boakye (Kotoko) Elvis Opoku (Okwawu) Valentine Atem (Goldfields)

4 - David Boateng (Liberty) Andrew Pomayie, Roger Odamtten (Olympics) Eric Sefa Boateng (Power) Kwaku Adu (Bofoakwa) Shila Alhassan, Aziz Ansah (Kotoko) Awudu Ronaldo, Alhassan Muftame (Arsenals) Bernard Don Bortey (Hearts) Asamoah Dzifah (Stay Cool) Alhassan Weah (RTU) 3 - Eric Yaovi Atikpe, Komla Amewu (Lions) Kenneth Ababio (Goldfields) Eric Gawu, Godwin Ablordey (King Faisal) Jonathan Abeiku, Prince Yeboah (Mine Stars) Turfik Alolo (RTU) Kwasi Boateng, Nana Frimpong (BA United) Samuel Addo (Stay Cool) Charles Taylor (Kotoko) William Tierro (Liberty)

2 - Emmanuel Okyere, Abdul Mutalib, Messey Ephraim, Kingsley Kwateng (Hasaacas) James Boateng, Bayard Issiaka, Eric Boakye (Goldfields) Kwame Adjei, Charles Benson (Arsenals) Abdul Samad (Mine Stars) Ablade Morgan, Nasiru Ghani, Wisdom Abbey, Frank Turkson, Laryea Kingston, Amankwa Mireku (Hearts) Kwadwo Owusu (BA United) Tahiru Adbulai (Bofoakwa) Michael Helegbe, George Yamoah (Liberty) Ben Wilson, Abubarkar Yahuza, Kwabina Poku, Alhassan Yahaya (King Faisal) Amuni Quaye, Michael Ocansey, David Offei (Olympics) Mohammed Polo (Okwawu) Lawson Bueni (Lions) Abass Iddrisu, Azumah Musah (RTU) Yusif Chipsah (Kotoko) Baba Yara (Power)

1 - Acquah Harrison, Emmanuel Osei, Frank Ntim-Twum, Adjah Tetteh, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour (Hearts) Alfred Nii Larbi, Agyemang Osei, James Dissirimah, Eric Berko, Felix Baffoe (Liberty) Stephen Oduro, Michael Asante, Edmund Owusu-Ansah, Frank Osei, Sandzi Mbola (Kotoko) George Eranio, Nasiru Lamin (Goldfields) Kwabina Boateng, Nicolas Addo, Eliasu Alhassan, Ranti Abdulai, Wasiu Mohammed, (King Fiasal) Sumaila Iddrisu (Olympics) Prince Opoku Agyman, Shaibu Issah, Eric Mensah, David Mensah, Osei Bonsu (Okwawu) Nurudeen Wayma, Gilbert Akiyede (RTU) Emmanuel Nuhey, Thomas Avergbodor, Abieku Aikins, Akwasi Mathew, Amadu Halimah (Bofoakwa) Hamidu Dramani, Masiri Joseph, Paul Ofori, Osei Boateng (Lions) Nana Adarkwa, Daniel Bomfah, Justice Opoku, Osman Sakora, Frank Agyei (BA United) Alex Awuah, Emmanuel Hottor, Ben Adu Yeboah, Wisdom Agblexo (Power) Francis Aduhene, Isaac Quinoo, Richard Ladzekpo, Issah Mohammed, FiiFi Kesson, Robert Mensah, Stephen Sekyere (Hasaacas) Osei Kofi, Ernest Adu Poku, Yaw Serbeh (Arsenals) Biara George, Willaim Opuje, Osei Tutu (Mine Stars) Patrick Afutu, George Danso, Samuel Enezemaba (Stay Cool)

NB: Scores chart does not include scorers of the matches between Lions/Liberty, Mine Stars/Hasaacas and BA United/Power matches.

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