Kumasi Asante kotoko’s quest of going all the way in this year’s CAF Confederations Cup came to a disappointing end yesterday following a 1- 2 loss to Zesco United of Zambia in final Group C game at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Kotoko failed to capitalise on the 4-1 defeat suffered by another Zambia side, Nkana FC in the hands of Sudanese club Al Hilal and which had paved the way for them to overtake the Zambias with a win. Rather, they blew away a one goal lead to concede 2-1 in the spate of two minutes to lose out.
From a not so impressive performance, Kotoko painfully paid the ultimate price when they failed to jealously protect a crucial opener through substitute Stephen Nyarko a few minutes into the second half.
Kotoko were punished with the equaliser from Jesse Were’s strike on the 54th minute, followed by winger Kondwani Mtonga’s low drive on the 56th after Felix Annan had spilled the ball from a free-kick to effectively end the hope for the Porcupine Warriors, who failed to pick any away point in this group campaign.
Keen to win the game claim all three points to improve their points build up to 10 and move to second place, Coach C.K. Akonnor’s side launched an early onslaught from the blast of the referee’s whistle and probed the area of Zesco in search of an early goal and they had their hopes lifted on the 46th minute, when just after recess, Emmanuel Gyamfi’s low cross was capitalised on by Nyarko to head home the opener.
However, the Porcupine Warriors failed to protect that goal and rather opened up, allowing Zesco to claw back with an equaliser and eventually, the winner within a spate of two minutes to hand the second spot from the group to Nkana, who suffered their worse defeat of 1-4 to Al Hilal, but nonetheless, join them into the next stage of the competition.
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