The final round of matches for the University of Ghana interhall football competition came off earlier today between Akuafo hall and Legon hall at the Sarbah Main field of the University of Ghana, Legon.
Akuafo hall proved too strong for their Legon hall counterparts as they triumphed by 2 goals to 1 to clinch the trophy and also maintain their unbeaten record in this year’s competition kind courtesy goals from Prince Vidza and Abdul Rahim.
Akuafo hall continued from where they left off yesterday against Distance Education as they started the first half strongly. In the 3rd minute, star striker of Akuafo hall Vladimir Vandapuye’s lethal strike came off the crossbar from 30 yards. Musah Rabiu did just enough to tip away a goal-bound effort from Ebenezer Asamoah of Akuafo in the 8th minute.
Leading goalscorer of the tournament Emmanuel Orlando should have done better as he failed to add to his tally from 12 yards out after he came one on one with Akuafo shot stopper Bright Badasu who pulled off a superb stop to prevent the Landlords from breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute. Just two minutes later in the 37th minute, Legon hall was made to pay for failing to convert their earlier chance when Prince Vidza opened the scoring with a header from a Cosmos Yemih’s inswinging corner. The Legon hall players protested that the ball struck the arm of the goalscorer but the goal still stood.
There wasn’t much activity in the second half until the 57th minute when a feeble shot from Abdul Rahim Alhassan from 35 yards out was poorly handled by Musah Rabiu which resulted in Akuafo hall doubling their advantage. The howler from the goalkeeper was uncalled for as he attempted to stop the shot with his feet.
Legon hall pies one back in the 76th minute as an unmarked Emmanuel Twum headed home from a Nathaniel Baah freekick. The late goal was still not enough to salvage a point for the Landlord’s as the Farmer’s held on to win the game and clinch the trophy after amassing 9 points in 3 top four matches.
Coach Assuo Koami of the winning side expressed his delight with his team’s victory and thanked his players and staff for the kind of performance they put in during the course of the tournament despite the fixture congestion. On the other hand Coach, George Osei Gyamfi of the Legon hall team said that they gave everything and fought hard but losing is part of the game so they will come back stronger next year but raised serious concerns about the fixture congestion.
Man of the match: Abdul Rahim Alhassan (Akuafo Hall)
By: Nana Kwame Amoah/universsports