Friday, 23 February 2018

Kotoko beat CARA Brazzaville in Confed Cup opener

By Herbert BOAKYE YIADOM, Accra
Kumasi Asante Kotoko defeated CARA Brazzaville of Congo by a lone goal in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup tie at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in a very thrilling game which produced five penalties on the day.

The Porcupine Warriors won four of the penalties, converting only one and missing three.
CARA Brazzaville Club also failed to convert the penalty they won in the second half. Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan prevented the away side from getting an away goal.
Sadick Adams, Amos Frimpong and Baba Mahama failed to secure three goals for the Porcupine Warriors, while substitute Yakubu Mohammed came from the bench to score the only goal of the game.
According to reports, the four penalties awarded to Asante Kotoko were genuine and were not ‘manufactured’ by the referee on the day. The fans were disappointed and frustrated at the turn of events, as their players failed to register a heavy home win.
The scoreline puts Kotoko in a dicey situation as they head to the second leg in a fortnight in Brazzaville with just a one-goal advantage.
Elsewhere in Egypt, Ghana’s representative in the CAF Champions League Aduana Stars lost by a lone goal to Libyan side Al Tahiddy. The game was played in Egypt due at the political instability in Libya.
Aduana Star will host the Libyan club in a fortnight at the renovated Nana Agyeman Badu Park in Dormaa.
Caption: Asante Kotoko

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