Nations FC 2-2 Kotoko: Diarra’s late penalty saves newcomers from derby defeat

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The Kumasi derby ended in an intriguing stalemate as three late goals were scored coupled with over ten minutes of temporal hold up due to fans violence

Nations FC shared the spoils 2-2 with Asante Kotoko in the Kumasi derby at the Kwame Kyei Sports Complex in Abrankese on Sunday.

Before the game, Nations were yet to taste defeat at home since making their way into the top-flight while Kotoko were chasing their second away win after pipping Accra Lions a fortnight ago.

Peter Acquah Amidu combined with Richmond Lamptey to set up Sherrif Mohammed by the fifth minute but the latter saw his shot going narrowly wide.

A minute later, Nations FC came close to poking their noses in front but Victor’s effort was blocked by Nanabeyin Amoah.

After the break, Henry Ansu headed into his own net from a Nations FC corner kick by the 47th minute to set home fans at the stadium into wild jubilations.

Kotoko coach Prosper Ogum brought on Steven Dese Mukwala and Kyei Dwamena for Mfegue and Ntim respectively.

Mukwala pulled parity by the 86th minute after Kalo Ouatarra’s double strikes were blocked before Dwamena added another goal two minutes later.

Nations FC were handed a penalty late in additional time and that generated a heated argument among the Kotoko players and away fans leading to almost ten minutes of temporary hold up.

Amidu Diarra stepped up and sent goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim the wrong way to notch in the equaliser.

The stalemate means that Nations FC have picked five points from three home games and are yet to taste defeat at home.

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