Elmina Sharks coach, Yaw Acheampong, has attributed his team’s failure to accrue maximum points in their Week 5 Ghana Premier League fixture against Wa All Stars at the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi to poor officiating.
The ‘Northern Blues’ led by newly appointed coach, Sarfo Castro, shared the spoils with Elmina Sharks with a sublime strike from David Abagna before Samuel Arthur levelled the score line in the second half but Acheampong believes his side could have walked away victors but for the poor call from centre referee, Solomon Mordey.
The former Ghana Premier League champions created remarkable openings in the early stages of the games but their efforts were thwarted by the spirited goalkeeper of Elmina Sharks, Richard Attah.
The incessant pressure by the host paid off on the stroke of half time when Geoffrey Degorl picked the ball from just after the half way line, weaved his way through two Sharks defenders, before laying a low pass to Seth Amoateng, who wasted no time in releasing the ball to the unmarked David Abagna.
David Abagna wrong-footed goalkeeper, Richard Attah, to power home the first goal of the game.
A host of changes by Elmina Sharks Coach Acheampong in the second half changed the dynamics of the game leading to a breakthrough in the 60th minute.
Their efforts was rewarded when Samuel Arthur rose above his peers from the near post to head home a lofty corner by Richard Mpong to level the score line. Despite a late onslaught by Sharks, they failed to add to their tally as referee Solomon Mordey blew his whistle for the end of the match.
“The boys are in good shape and we believe we could have taken the three points but for the referee it didn’t happen. He should have awarded us a penalty but I’m happy with the result. I think both teams demonstrated that the Ghana league is moving in the right direction. What I saw today was very encouraging,” Yaw Acheampong said in his post-match comment after the match.
Elmina Sharks currently are 9th on the GPL table and will be facing Inter-Allies in a mid-week fixture at the Nduom Stadium in Elmina.
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