Friday, March 5

CAFCC: ES Setif breaks Asante Kotoko hearts in Accra

CAFCC: ES Setif breaks Asante Kotoko hearts in Accra

Kotoko took the lead through hot Kwame Opoku in the second half but Amoura and Kendouci strikes later on gave ES Setif a 2-1 fight-back victory in Accra.

Asante Kotoko welcomed ES Setif to the Caf Confederation Cup play-off first leg at the Accra Sports Stadium and the Porcupine Warriors ended the game with a 2-0 victory.

The Ghanaian side named all of the six players who have been called up by Black Stars to face South Africa and Sao Tome & Principe next month.

Razak Abelora who is one of the six kept the posts against the Algerians with other five of Yussif Mubarik, Abdul Ganiyu, Imoro Ibrahim and Christopher completing Kotoko’s backline.

Kwame Opoku the sixth man led the line with support from Naby Keita and Emmanuel Gyamfi. Latif Anabila, Emmanuel Sarkodie and Fabio Gama played as the three man midfield.

The game started at a slow pace with both clubs failing to find back of the net in the first half. No decent chances were created between the two teams in that half as the state of the turf baffled Kotoko and Setif.

Kotoko broke the deadlock on 70’ minute after a sweat team move when Kwame Opoku placed it at the bottom right corner. Emmanuel Gyamfi played the ball through when it created a bit of confusion for Setif defense before Opoku latched on perfectly to score.

ES Setif leveled when second half substitute Amoura and Ahmed Kendouchi struck twice to complete the come-back as Algerian hold firm advantage form first leg in Ghana.

Kotoko could have leveled after being awarded a penalty in stoppage time but Setif keeper Soufiane is the man who ensured his side run away with the victory after diving to the left to save Naby Keita’s Penalty.

ES Setif will host Kotoko a week later in Algeria. The winner of the tie will progress to the group stages of the Confederation Cup.

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