Soccer News of Sunday, 14 July 2013
Medeama claimed their first major trophy in their 3-year history when Theophilus Anobaah volleyed home a goal that won the MTN FA Cup final against Asante Kotoko on Sunday.
They defeated Kotoko 1-0 as it marked another Cup upset at the Accra Sports Stadium in the competition for the Porcupine Warriors, who lost in the final three seasons ago to Nania FC.
The Mauves produced a determined performance that denied pre-match favourites Kotoko, a double after they had won the Premier League last month.
Ahead of the match, Kotoko coach Didi Dramani appealed to their fans to turn up and push them on to victory, but Medeama was not outnumbered as their supporters cheered from the start till referee William Agbovi blew the whistle to end the match.
Anobaah sent Medeama's fans into ecstasy when he found himself in the box unmarked and connected a cross from the right that sailed into the roof leaving Kotoko goalkeeper Soulama Abdulai clutching thin air with four minutes of play remaining in the first half.
It completed a miserable day for Dramani, who had sounded very confident of grabbing the Cup to add to his league success in his debut season for Asante Kotoko and in top-flight competition.
The win will be remembered as one of the great FA Cup stories of modern times and, for the increasingly beleaguered Medeama, who came very close to winning the league, it's a perfect start to continental football.
Medeama, aside winning the FA Cup and bagging GHS 30,000 in prize money, will play in their debut African campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.