MATCH REPORT: 'Ambitious' Kotoko hold noisy Kariobangi Sharks in Kenya Featured
15 Dec

MATCH REPORT: 'Ambitious' Kotoko hold noisy Kariobangi Sharks in Kenya

The Porcupine Warriors started their CAF Confederation Cup campaign with a draw with the Kenyan top-flight club on Saturday afternoon.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko held Kariobangi Sharks to a 0-0 away draw in the knockout stage of the CAF Confederation Cup at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani
Coach Akonnor's charges managed to frustrate the homesters with brilliant passes and long range crosses as the first department ended in a scoreless draw.
Goalkeeper Felix Annan denied Harrison Mwendwa and Duke Abuya from grabbing the opener before recess as Emmanuel Gyamfi and Maxwell Baakoh kept piling pressure on the flanks.
Kariobangi Sharks gained possession after a 30th minute header from Abdul Ganiu Ismail went wide.
Defender Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu was the hero in the first half after clearing a ball from the net of goalkeeper Annan on the 39th minute of the game.
The first half of the match ended in a 0-0 draw.
After the break, Kariobangi Sharks dominated the first ten minutes but failed to find the back of the net.
Kotoko's back line comprising Amos Frimpong, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Abdul Ganiu Ismail and Augustine Sefah held the attackers of the home side firmly to prevent them from scoring.
Before the half-hour mark, Burkina Faso international Songne Yacouba was introduced as replacement for Naby Keita.
Substitute Yacouba nearly snatched the opener with an audacious shot on the 65th minute but he was denied by Michael Bodo.
Former TP Mazembe star Daniel Nii Adjei also substituted Martin Antwi on the 71st minute of the match.
In the mid of the second half, the game was balanced as both teams squandered several goal glaring opportunities.
The match ended in a scoreless draw at the Moi International Sports Center in Kenya.
The return league tie will be played in Kumasi at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on December 22.
Winner of the second league encounter will book a ticket to the last hurdle before the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Kotoko line up that faced Kariobangi Sharks;
Felix Annan, Augustine Sefa, Amos Frimpong, Emmanuel Agyeman Badu, Ismail Ganiyu, Richard Senanu, Maxwell Baako, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Jordan Opoku, Martin Antwi (Daniel Nii Adjei 71') and Naby Keita (Songne Yacouba 57')
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