Kotoko split points with Al Hilal

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Songne Yacouba
Songne Yacouba

Kumasi Asante Kotoko needed Songne Yacouba’s goal in the second to salvage a point in their CAF Confederation Cup game against Al HIlal at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.

It wasn’t the result the almost 30,000 spectators at the Baba Yara Stadium was expecting as it has made the Porcupine Warriors’ campaign to the next stage of the competition difficult.

Kotoko would kiss good bye to the competition unless they win their last game against ZESCO in Zambia and hope Al Hilal defeat Nkana FC.

The Porcupine Warriors created lots of chances from the onset of the game but could not find the target only for the Sudanese club to silence  the charged fans in the 33rd minute when Waleed Bakhiet Hamid's header which beat Felix Annan in post for Kotoko.

Skipper Amos Frimpong who was returning for his side after missing the last game due to accumulated yellow cards made a number of runs on the flanks occasionally supporting the attack.

Coach C. K Akonnor also brought back Emmanuel Agyemang Badu to the central defensive role to partner Wahab Adams in place of Abdul Ganiu who was nursing an injury.

Emmanuel Gyamfi who has played an influential role in the Kotoko set up all day got an opportunity to emerge hero for his side but failed to connect a four minutes from the interval.

After recess the Porcupine Warriors maintained their pressure on the visitors and in the 60th minute the woodwork denied, Abdul Fatawu, the equaliser from a free kick.

However, five minutes from time, Yacouba equalise for his side when he soared to head home Stephen Nyarko’s cross to bring relieve to the home fans.