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12.05.2005 League Report

Kotoko and Faisal split points

By GNA

Kumasi, May 12, GNA - Kumasi Asante Kotoko were held to a pulsating goalless drawn game by Kumasi King Faisal in their outstanding GT Premier League match played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi on Thursday.

Not even the three minutes added time by the referee at the end of regulation time could change the score line as both teams exhibited quality football to cancel each other out.

Kotoko fans that trooped to the stadium for the first time in many weeks, appeared satisfied with the effort of the team as some of them were seen talking to the Head Coach Malik Jabir after the match instead of chasing him out as had been on previous occasions.

It was Faisal who went into action after Referee T.R.K Attifu of Tarkwa whistled for hostilities to begin.

Determined to pick all the points at stake, Faisal pilled incessant pressure on Kotoko, but their defence did not bulge to anything thrown at them by the Alhaji Grunsah boys' led in attack by Eric Gawu, Sumaila Alhaassan and Ben Wilson.

King Faisal missed a lot of the scoring chances that came their way with Sumaila Alhassan being the worst offender. Kotoko on the other hand, who had fewer chances, wasted the best chance that came their way in the 43rd minute.

Both teams played it hard but the referee ignored most of hard tackles and this brought some reaction from the supporters of both teams.

King Fisal exhausted their substitution in the second half in an attempt to snap the leader in the late embers of the game whilst Kotoko also made two changes bringing on Francis Akwafo and Ali Ouadrago for George Yamoah and Nana Arhin-Duah in the 82nd minute and 87th minute, respectively. 12 May 05

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