Kpando Hearts of Lions suffered a defeat from the Sogakofe lads
In a heart-pumping game at the Sogakope Park, West Africa Football Academy [WAFA] won the Volta Regional derby 2-1 on Match week 21 of the First Capital Plus Bank Premier League.
Umar Bashir's goal on the 21st minute was cancelled by Osman Sackey 11 minutes after recess to earn deserving point. WAFA were in command after taking the lead, and could have doubled their advantage, before Osman Sackey's equaliser. Either side created chances to seal a win late on, but nothing more.
A meeting of the two heavyweights in the Volta Region - Sogakope derby, once the pair got into their stride they put on a show of attacking football the fixture warranted, with of end-to-end action. Heart of Lions was the first to test Abaro in the WAFA goal, but he gathered.
However it was the home side (WAFA) who would come closest in the early exchanges, with Ashimeru Majid throug ball finding his Samuel Tetteh, the low shot was feeble and Mozart Adjetey had no worries gathering that, before Mumuni Zakaria worked his way into the box and fired inches wide.
The pendulum swung the way of Lions from there on though, with Quansah and Sackey forcing Abalora into fine saves. On the 21st minute, WAFA found the breakthrough. A quick break saw the ball rolled into the path of Hudu, who sent in a teasing cross into the Lions box and Umar Bashir made no mistake with brilliant header to beat Mozart Adjetey.
Skipper Martin Antwi almost made it two a minute later, but he hushed on a through ball from Zakaria Mumuni and Mozart Adjetey save kept the gap down and Lions flew out of the blocks when they returned. Acquah directed Quansah's cross just wide, before before Avor header forced Alabora into one save the which resulted in a corner.
Lions were on the front foot, but they suddenly found themselves shoved back off balance after a lightning break. Samuel Tetteh led the counter and, with Martin Antwi in support, the ball was rolled into the path of the WAFA captain who missed with only the keeper to beat.
With WAFA gaining control of proceedings, it looked a tall order for the Lions to redress the balance, that prospect rose the spectators on their feet as Lions grabbed a beautiful goal through Osman Sackey to make it one-all.
A rare error by Abalora gifted Osman a simple goal and it reinvigorated Lions to goal for the kill, but the continued pressure almost gave them the lead as counter led by Prosper Avir was poor. WAFA kept their resilience and poured up the pitch with pace, Waja could not keep to the bursting run and brought down Kenedy Boateng in the box at the dead of the game.
He made no mistake Lions nails were chewed in the stands. They were cage. The game was out of their reach as time ran out and WAFA ended victors of the Sogakope derby.
WAFA XI: Abalora R, Antwi M (Kenedy Boateng 78), Amankwah C, Abubakar I, Boateng K, Waja G, Mensah G, Zakaria M, Bashiru U (Ibrahim Fofana 58), Tetteh S (Charles Boateng 58), Ashimeru M.
Subs: Boateng E, Lamptey R, Akunnor G, Theophilus J
Heart of Lions XI: Adjetey M, Asiamah B, Avor P, Yakubu H, Agyare B, Acquah P (Daniel Bonsu 62), Muntata O (Jonathan Nortey 77), Arthur P, Yeboah Sam, Sackey O, Quansah I
Subs: Kuffour J, Akoto F, Cofie P, Abdulai Karim, Baah K.