CAF CONFED CUP: Kotoko Beat Kariobangi Sharks To Advance To Next Phase

Kumasi Asante Kotoko has advanced to the next phase of the CAF Confederations Cup competition after posting a 2-1 defeat over Kenyan side Kariobangi Sharks at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium today
CAF CONFED CUP: Kotoko Beat Kariobangi Sharks To Advance To Next Phase

Being Ghana’s only representation in any continental showpiece this season, there were high stakes for the Porcupine Warriors to get the needed results to progress to the next round. Charles Kwablah Akonnor’s men rightly living up to expectations and getting the job done.

The home side took the lead through Fatawu Safui just after 17 minutes of play. The player won possession from Geoffrey Lemo before dribbling past an opponent to send a low shot into the bottom corner of the near post.

Shortly after that goal, Katila Omoto equalises for Kariobangi Sharks with a thunderbolt from outside the penalty box.

Kotoko will not lie down and restored the lead on the 38th minute courtesy a penalty converted by experienced captain Amos Frimpong.

The scoreline remained the same throughout the second half with neither side unable to convert any of their chances. It was mostly a ding-dong affair with the two sides doing their best to get on the scoresheet again.

Both coaches exhausted their three substitution opportunities in a bid to change the scoreline but it could not materialize.

CK Akonnor sensing that a goal for Kariobangi Sharks could boot his side out of the competition adopted a cautious approach in the last 15 minutes of the game to ensure his defense was always protected.

Kotoko now awaits their next opponents for the next phase and are expected to break for Christmas for some days before resuming preparations.

The Porcupine Warriors are poised to progress far in this year’s competition and the whole of Kumasi if not Ghana, will celebrate this victory tonight.

Source: Modernghana