Champions of champions: Medeama beat Ashantigold to win FA Super Cup

Medeama SC stunned Ghana Premier League reigning champions Ashanti Gold in the Super Cup clash that took place at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The Yellow and Mauve sealed the lone-goal victory through a second half effort from Bernard Ofori.

Ashantigold began with a frenetic pace, forcing the Tarkwa-based side on the defensive. However, the Miners’ early incursions failed to yield anything meaningful.

Isaac Amoah was promptly set up deep in Medeama’s half but his finish blew across the post with nobody making any contact with the ball, as goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe looked on with fright.

The one-way traffic gradually settled into a competitive session with Medeama covering spaces and manning the midfield while launching scattered actions up field.

AshGold goalkeeper Fatau Dauda was tested in the 33rd minute by Akwasi Donsu, who unleashed a close range effort that went on target.

With time tickling away in first half, Ashantigold held on comfortably, creating a couple of one-on-one efforts but Fusienu Nuhu and Emmanuel Osei Manomaa were lamentably wasteful in front of goal.

Both sides were missing their top scorers from last season, but the Miners felt it more with the absence of Yakubu Mohammed.

Mohammed Kadri had a free space on 67th minute to claim the opener but his header floated inches off the post, with his coach ruing the miss from the touchline.

On the 75th minute, Ashantigold’s Isaac Amoah was replaced by Fredrick Quayson, who immediately bent an effort from Nuhu Yakubu’s long cross but was caught in the offside trap.

Bernard Ofori, who joined Medeama from Edubiase United, broke the deadlock on 85th minute to give coach Tom Strand something to believe in ahead of the new season.

Ashantigold threw men forward in search of the priceless equaliser but Medeama held on until the final whistle.

The encounter also served as preparation for Ashantigold ahead of their Caf Champions League first round game against MO Bejaia next Sunday.

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