Abedi Pele's Nania stun giants Kotoko to win Ghana FA Cup

Published on: 24 July 2011

Nania FC made history by becoming the first team outside the top-flight to win the MTN Ghana FA Cup when beating holders Asante Kotoko 1-0 after extra-time on Sunday.

The Accra-based side, owned and coached by legend Abedi Pele, won the final thanks to a goal scored by substitute Evan Omani. Omani was teed up inside Kotoko’s box and the forward back-heeled to beat hapless goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye who was stuck on his line in the 105th minute.

Nania recovered from a poor first half extra-time to sting the eight-time winners of the FA Cup to bring more glory to their club owner who led the side on the pitch.

The club will receive 20,000 Ghana cedis (US$ 13,333) prize money and a ticket to play in next year’s Caf Confederation Cup.

The first half ended with Nania FC dominating proceedings with a replica of a Barcelona-style of football but lacked the finishing power.

Kotoko were quiet but had they had moreopportunities and they could have opened the scoring with experienced duo of Ahmed Toure and Alex Asamoah upfront with several chances.

In stoppage time of the first 45 minutes, Nania midfielder Prince Baffooe’s shot slipped through the hands of goalkeeper Soulama but the resultant corner-kick was wasted.

Earlier in the 21st minute, Kotoko striker Toure accelerated on the break controlled in the area and laid a pass to the on-rushing Boateng but the latter shot wide disappointingly.

The script was the same in the second half with Nania winning the plaudits but failing to finish off a lacklustre Kotoko side. The highlights only came in time added on.

First, a lovely header on goal by Nania FC’s Babamu Yussif was saved by goalie Soulama who stretched to keep the scoreline still barren.

On 94 minutes, Nania goalkeeper Michael Osai was forced to make a double save inside the box. He failed to clutch Frank Boateng’s powerful shot from 20-yards to his chest fell to Nathaniel Asamoah whose shot was saved again.

Then came the substitute Omani who scored with a beautiful goal to seal the historic victory to keep Abedi Pele firmly in ther historic books of Ghana football.

The FA Cup was revived this season after a ten-year break and was sponsored by telecommunication giants MTN.

Kotoko won the last edition in 2001 beating city-rivals King Faisal 1-0 at the same venue.

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Starting lineup:

Asante Kotoko: Soulama Abdoulaye, Mohammed Sabato, Anokye Prince, Kuffour John, Mohammed Awal, Akuffo Michael, Boateng Frank, Adjei Daniel Nii, Mohammed Fatau, Toure Ahmed, Asamoah Alex/Nathaniel Asamoah.

Subs: Ohene Brenya Henry, Asamoah Nathaniel, Oduro Stephen, David Offei, Gershon Akuffo, Haruna Ganiyu, Isaac Amoako.

Coach: Bogdan Korack

Nania FC: Sai Michael, Kwao Ebenezer/Richmond Nketiah, Tetteh Joseph, Abankwa Abraziz, Lartey Lawrence, Owusu Akwasi, Osei Ebenezer/Evans Omah, Baffoe Prince, Salifu Nuhu/Yakubu Musah, Amewu David, Babamu Yusif.

Subs: Mensah Baba, Nketia Richmond, Alorzuke Israel, Salifu Moh

Source: MTNFootball.com

Comments

  • George
    says: 7 years ago
    2day is de one of de happiest day in my life and i thank nania 4 making me happy.
  • Bob Cedis
    says: 7 years ago
    I am the Most Happiest Man On Earth .Infact Nania Fc Has Made My Day By Beating Mouth Mouth Kotoko for Me
  • Joe
    says: 7 years ago
    Infact someone should tell me how much the Nania eleven player-squad worth. Bcos i want to buy the entire playing body to form a NEW KOTOKO FC in the Ghanaian premier league this season.
  • guy
    says: 7 years ago
    History is made!
  • emma
    says: 7 years ago
    disunity caused kotoko,,,,where was samad oppong,and afranie yeboah,who have excelled in all FA Cup matches,,,and de wizard tactical coach sabuto,,,,monkey dey work ,,bamboo ,,,,,kotoko will never ever learn from their past mistakes,,,dr kk sarpong ,, u have been a failure
  • Mikael Fante, China
    says: 7 years ago
    Kudos nania. i'm glad.
  • carbonite
    says: 7 years ago
    "For coach of the side, Abedi Ayew Pele, a former Ghana international, victory represents a major lift for a side who have stayed longer than the powerhouses in the competition." Source: Ghanafa.org How on earth can you call Abedi a mere former Gh international? hmmmmmmmm
  • phill
    says: 7 years ago
    Oluwaaaaaaa!!!! bundabaaaaa!!! K.yeboah would say. hahahhahaa. Out played and out classed. To top it all they used the cheekiest goals to score. Aaaahhh. Now you sack your coach. Congrats Nania.
  • Olu Femi
    says: 7 years ago
    there is no doubt,Abedi Pele is hard working and blessed.More grease to your elbow big brother
  • Justin Julius
    says: 7 years ago
    Abedi Pele is realy a genius.More grease to ur elbows
  • Raihanat Tourey
    says: 7 years ago
    Abedi u really make us proud on behalf of Hamid family we say ayeekoo.
  • Gbormorhii
    says: 7 years ago
    What makes me happy is that local coaches are winning the trophies (the league, president cup and MTN cup)against the so called foreign coaches that our authorities think they are better off. How can a foreign coach of his sort be outplayed and scored by a team like nania
  • kwame Naa Gbewa
    says: 7 years ago
    So Abedi, was this win ughhhh… clean? jst a question oo.
  • kwame Naa Gbewa
    says: 7 years ago
    we remember you have done this kululu before oo. nania 40 something goals in 1 match.
  • Teacher Seth, Nungua
    says: 7 years ago
    KUDOS TO NANIA, THEY MADE IT GRAND. BUT WAS IT GHALCA VS KOTOKO? IT SEEMS EVERYONE WAS AGAINST KOTOKO WINNING THE CUP. BUT I TAKE NOTHING FROM NANIA FOR MAKING IT BIG TIME. BUT MAESTRO, ARE YOU BLESSED OR A BLESSING? FATHER BLESSED, CHILDREN MAKINT IT BIG TIME. PLS, ONCE AGAIN, BE BLESSED. AYEKOOO! LOCAL COACHES .......
  • redd
    says: 7 years ago
    People must learn that indiscipline breeds failure.Kotoko players are too indisciplined.look at what they did some weeks back with the presidents cup.until they come out to apologise to the people of ghana they ll continue to see canaan bt never step there.you can never be indisciplined and be successful in life be it in soccer or elsewhere.