Game of Faith, Asante Kotoko vs Al-Hilal
The Porcupine Warriors are in for a real test on Sunday 11th March 2019, as they face off Sudanese predominants Al-Hilal Omduruman at the famous Kumasi Baba Yaara Sports Stadium.
It was a nightmare drama for the Kum Apem lads in the city of Omduruman, when Asante Kotoko 2018/19 CAF confederations cup campaign commenced with a defeat. 1-0 for Hilal after end of proceedings, hope was lost despite having a fruitful preliminary round of actions.
In a charged atmosphere, CK Akunnor together with his boys could restore fans faith back in a midweek crunch task, taming Zambia champions Zesco by 2-1 after Matchday two.
Trailing the Matchday three, Kotoko dares to shut down the mighty home record of Nkana which had stood for 43years, 3-1 Full Time weird result for the Fabulous at Nkana stadium.Kalampa home record preserved once more.
In the reverse fixture in Kumasi, Kotoko could capitalized on home advantage beating Nkana by three goals to nil.
Goal scored by Abdul Fatwu, Martin Antwi and speedster Emmanuel Gyamfi.
Approaching this mammoth task, Asante Kotoko handed huge boost as Senanu trained with the first team following his absence in Nkana two legged affair, Gyamfi after picking a knock in 3-0 walloping of Nkana makes a return to the squad.
Daniel Darkwa foremost debut was eye catching and hope to replicate such splendid 90 minutes performance against Nkana.
Akunnor boasted and believe his boys will overcome Hilal coming Sunday.
Al-Hilal on the hand remains the leaders of group C and the only side to secure a point away from home in the 1-1 stalemate at the Levy Mwanawasa against Zesco.
Idris Mbombo earlier sent off was never a contention to Hilal on the day but could still count to share the spoil with Zega Mambo.
Al-Hilal sacked Irad Zaafouri after the club poor display in 2-1 lost to Nkana back in Zambia.
Tunisian gaffer Nabil Kouki was appointed by the Sudan moneybags to guide them to this years CAFCC glory.
Kouki in charge after two games so far has accumulated four points in the hands of Zesco, drew away and won at home, whilst yet to test a defeat in any of his Africa club competition away encounter, managed seven away games as it stands.
Talisman Idris Mbombo remains a doubt ahead of this game due to suspension.
Al-Hilal arrived in Ghana on Wednesday to begin preparation, aplomb for victory come Sunday.
Asante Kotoko in their last 16 matches at home has 14 massive win and 2 draw, 0 defeat.
A clash to define the fate of the Ashanti pride, the much demanding and unrelaxed Fabulous anxious faithfuls vying for the ultimate group stage advancement.
As it stands in Group C:
1st. Al-Hilal – 7pts
2nd. Kotoko – 6pts
3rd. Nkana – 6pts
4th. Zesco – 4pts