CAF Confed Cup: Annan hopeful Kotoko will qualify

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Felix Annan - Believes Kotoko can still qualify

Kumasi Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan is hopeful his side will secure a ticket to the quarter-finals of the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup despite drawing 1-1 with Al Hilal of Sudan at home on Sunday.

According to him, the team will continue to work hard to record a resounding victory in their final Group C match against ZESCO United in Zambia.

Speaking to Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM on Monday, Annan said: “It is not the way we wanted it to go but that is football and there is still hope for us. We haven’t given up yet. The last game is in Zambia so we will give our best to make sure we win against ZESCO to qualify to the next round.”

Waleed Bakhet Hamid's 32nd minute close-range header from a cross gave Al Hilal a lead for the team from the war-ravaged country having won the first leg at home by a lone goal.

A few minutes to regular time, Burkinabe import Yacouba Sogne headed home an equaliser to send the fans into a frenzy mood.

However, their hopes were shattered after Nkana FC thrashed fellow Zambian side, ZESCO United 3-0 in the other Group C tie.

Indeed, a victory for Kotoko would have qualified them to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 when they lost to archrivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, in the final.

Nkana FC is leading the Group C table with nine points from five matches followed by Al Hilal with eight and Kotoko with seven points. ZESCO United are trailing with four.