King Faisal eliminates MTN FA cup favorites Kotoko after beating city rivals twice this season

King Faisal eliminates MTN FA cup favorites Kotoko after beating city rivals twice this season

Emmanuel Kwame Donkor
December 29, 2021 at 8:36 PM
  • King Faisal gets to keep the derby bragging rights after beating Asante Kotoko in the MTN FA Cup round 64 game on Wednesday, which saw the porcupine warriors eliminated from the competition
  • It is the second time in as many as two weeks that Kotoko have tasted defeat at the hands of King Faisal after losing to them in the Ghana Premier League this season
  • The 1:0 defeat to King Faisal today in the MTN FA Cup and the 3:2 defeat in the Ghana Premier League to end Kotoko's unbeaten run in the league are Kotoko's only defeats this season

King Faisal has handed city rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko their second defeat this season to kick out the supposed favorites of the MTN FA Cup from the competition.

The defeat was the second Dr. Prosper Narteh Ogum's men have suffered this season in all competitions with the last coming in the Ghana Premier League (GPL).

The 3:2 defeat in the league and the 1:0 one at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Wednesday, 29 December 2021, in the MTN FA Cup were all at the hands of Alhaji Grusah's King Faisal.

King Faisal eliminate MTN FA cup favorites Kotoko after beating city rivals twice this season
King Faisal player tackle Kotoko's Lamptey in MTN FA Cup game. Source: Twitter/@garyalsmith.
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Andrews Appau gifted Faisal the only goal of the game in the 26th minute when Baba Yahaya capitalized on the defender's unintended interception of a pass meant for another team-mate to put the ball past goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad.

George Mfegue, Kotoko's Cameroonian striker, came close to an equalizer in the 38th minute but, squandered his opportunity with a weak shot into the hands of goalkeeper Frank Boateng.

Faisal nearly doubled their lead three minutes into the break but Mawuli Wayo's effort was shielded by Mubarik Yusif.

Kotoko coach Prosper Narteh Ogum brought on Joseph Amoako for George Mfegue, and Sheriff Mohammed for Christopher Nettey at half time to try to get an equalizer.

After the hour mark filled with half decent chances for both teams, Evans Sarfo unleashed a long range shot that could have doubled King Faisal's lead but Danlad Ibrahim saved it.

The defeat at the Baba Yara seems to suggest that Nurudeen Amadu, Coach of King Faisal seems to have found the Achilles heel of the otherwise formidable Kotoko.

He has now managed to beat Dr. Ogum twice this season, and will look to make it a third when both men meet again in the league later in the season.

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Emmanuel Kwame Donkor
Ghana Sports Editor
Ghana Premier League