The 'Champion of Champions' football final in Accra, Ghana, was abandoned when a mass brawlbroke out involving players, spectators, police and football officials.
The 'Champion of Champions' football final in Accra, Ghana, was abandoned when a mass brawlbroke out involving players, spectators, police and football officials. The home-town side, Hearts of Oak, were tow-one up towards the end. But when the referee awarded a penalty to Asante Kotoko -- the 'Porcupine warriors' -- Hearts objected. A 15-minute brawl ended with too few players left for the match to continue.
SYNOPSIS: But the first 75 minutes of the championship final produced everything good football should be. Heart of Oak in green, kicking right to left, launched into the offensive. It was only nimble footwork and quick handling by the Asante keeper that saved a goal in the first few minutes. But he was let down by his defence line -- they didn't clear it far enough back up the pitch, and Hearts of Oak regained possession for a second early crack at goal. Hearts' number nine, Peter lamptey, nicknamed the 'goal thief', made no mistake with the ball and in the tenth minute he put the home side one-nil up.
Kotoko slipped in down the right side of the pitch after the kick-off. Hearts soon began having trouble fighting off the younger team -- and in the excitement two fouls were awarded against Hearts in minutes. Kotoko took advantage of the first free kick to level the score. Abdul Razak banged it in after a tricky rebound.
Kotoko continued pressing -- and the Oaks' defence line handled the ball. Another penalty -- but this time the Porcupine Warriors' full back, Tanko Gibrine, wasted the opportunity.
The half-time break seemed to put some fire into the Oaks. They stated on the offensive -- and after some juggling were awarded a foul against Kotoko, on almost exactly the same spot as the one which gave the visitors their equaliser. The 'goal-thief' hammered in once again. Hearts two, Kotoko one.
A penalty was awarded to Kotoko as they sought the equaliser -- and that's when the trouble started. Hearts protested, and Anas Seidu attacked the referee as the kick was about to be taken. Police and officials rushed onto the pitch to break up a general brawl, and spectators joined in.
15 minutes later, the referee decided there weren't enough players left standing for the match to continue.