CAF Confederations

Kotoko held at home as elimination from CAF beckons

Kumasi Asante Kotoko saw their penultimate CAF confederation cup fixture with a desperate 1-1 stalemate against Sudan barons Al-Hilal Football club.

Regardless of the Porcupine Warriors electrifying fans at the stadium, the Sudan rep were left unfrightened, breaking the deadlock in minute 32 through Walid Hamid Backiet, the punisher who tamed Kotoko back in Omduruman, Sudan.

Emmanuel Gyamfi and Abdul Fatawu Safiu could draw the homers to parity in the first proceedings but failed to capitalized the sitter, Hilal up after half time, 1-0.

Wrathful Kum Apem lads can’t withstand the shame in front of their too expectant faithfuls,
anxiously approaching the second half like the wounded lion.

Emmanuel Gyamfi was on top of his game with his dammy runs but very problematic with final deliveries bottling countless opportunities.

Sougne Yacouba came to the rescue when hope was all lost in the dying embers of the game, converting Gyamfi’s exquisite in swing cross with a sublime header, parity restored now.

The cemeterial mood of the Baba Yaara stadium suddenly charged in a tumultuous atmosphere after Yacouba’s late controversial equalizer.

But with Nabil Kouki head coach of Al-Hilal outrageous away record in CAF inter club competition.

The strangers could run away with a point becoming the third side to manage a point at Baba Yaara stadium in Kotoko’s last seventeen encounters. Full Time score 1-1.

Away From Kumasi, Nkana in Kitwe, Zambia to be precise prolonged home record by whitewashing giants Zesco United scoring three past Zega Mamabo with no deficit.

Kotoko has no chance but a must win clash against Zesco in Ndola who are already out of the competition.

Hilal perhaps host group leaders Nkana as they lock horns in the city capital Omduruman at the Al-Hilal stadium.

Group standings after Matchday 5
Nkana 9pts
Al-Hilal 8pts
Kotoko 7pts
Zesco 4pts

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