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CAF Confederation Cup 2018/19 – Kotoko fall to AL Hilal in their first group game

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Ghana’s lone ranger, Kumasi Asante Kotoko were pipped to a one nil defeat by Sudanese side Al Hilal in the 2018/19 season of the CAF Confederation Cup.

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The Porcupine warriors traveled to Khartoum for the first round of matches in Group C of the CAF Confederations Cup.

A goal scored by Waleed Bakhet Hamid in the first half was enough to claim all three points for the North Africans. Although there was much effort to level, Kotoko failed to at least get a point.

Coach C.K Akunnor made only one change to his starting line up from the previous game against Coton Sport.

Abas Mohammed was unable to travel with the team  to Sudan so captain Amos Frimpong was shifted to the left back position with Augustine Sefa taking the right side of defence.

In the other fixture in the group, Zesco United on Sunday shot to the top of Group C following an efficient 2-0 home win over Nkana in their opening clash Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Kotoko are due to play Zesco United in Kumasi in 10 days time with Nkana hosting Hilal in Lusaka.

The 2017 quarter finalist went top on goal difference after Al Hilal of Sudan beat Ghana giants Asante Kotoko 1-0 at home in Khartoum in a simultaneous Group C kick off.

 

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Al-Hilal: Salim; Mamoun, Merghani, Ariwachukwu, Boya (Behaldeen 49′), Diarra, Eldin Ali, N. Abdalla, Mokhtar (A.Abdalla 90+2′), Mbombo, Hamid (Maranhao 76′).

Asante Kotoko: Annan, Frimpong, Sefah, Ganiu, Badu, Bons, Baakoh, Senanu, Gyamfi (Nyarko 73′), Fatawu (Acquah 76′), Songne.

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PHOTOS: Kotoko boss Dr. Kwame Kyei enjoys dinner with players and officials

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Kotoko Executive Chairman Dr. Kyei had a dinner with players and officials of the club at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi.

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Ashanti Gold captain Tijani Joshua returns from injury

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Ashanti Gold captain Tijani Joshua has joined Group training after recovering from injury.

The left-back has been away for some time but joined his colleagues at training on Thursday morning.

Tijani is now fit to partake in the team’s friendly matches.

“I was sidelined for a while, with lot of activities going on which I couldn’t partake in,” he said.

“I was a bit troubled but was willing to wait patiently till I gain full fitness.”

Ashanti Gold have been engaged in intense training session despite the cancellation of the Special Competition.

The former Ghana Champions have been keeping their players active with series of friendly matches.

 

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Former Kotoko star Augustine Okrah optimistic about team’s chances in CAF Confederation Cup

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Former Kotoko attacker Augustine Okrah is confident about the team’s chances in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The player was in the stands to watch his former side play against ZESCO United on Wednesday afternoon, a game the Porcupine Warriors won 2-1.

Kotoko needed goals from Kwame Bonsu and Emmanuel Gyamfi to register their first win at the Group stage.

Okrah is optimistic the Reds will advance past the Group stage of the competition.

“I was in the stands to watch my former club @AsanteKotoko_SC against Zesco United in the Caf Confederation Cup,” he tweeted.

“The 2-1 win was good💪.

“Kotoko may not be having household names like in the past but they have a strong team and an ambitious coach.

“They can qualify from the group.”

The 25-year-old who is currently with Indian Club NorthEast United FC left Kotoko in 2013 after struggling to break into the first team.

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