Kotoko Crash Out…Of CAF Champions League

Mas-Ud Dramani

Mas-Ud Dramani

Kumasi Asante Kotoko yesterday scored their 200th Champions League goal, but it was not enough to book them a date with Esperance at the next stage of the competition, after drawing 1-1 with JSM Bejaia in Kumasi.

The visitors qualified on the away-goal rule after cancelling Michael Akufo’s terrific 46th minute free kick.

Mohammed weaved through Kotoko defenders to pick a well-tailored through-pass to outwit advancing goalkeeper Abdulai Soulama, with just 17 minutes remaining.

Kotoko then threw more men forward but their desperate search for the match winner resulted in more blunders.

The home fans appealed for a handball when an Algerian defender handled the ball after the slender lead, but the referee allowed play to continue.

Another goal-scoring opportunity came Kotoko’s way to make it double, but Seidu Bansey was indecisive and struck the ball feebly into the goalkeeper’s arms.

Kotoko manager Didi Dramani attributed the loss to lack of concentration, in a post-match interview, saying, ‘A little bit of lack of concentration accounted for the equalizer. We will now concentrate on the league.’

His counterpart G. Soulivas on the other hand said his side, lying eighth in the Algerian top flight league, have what it takes to go past Esperance of Tunisia.

Kotoko managed a goal-less game in their CAF Champions League first leg two weeks ago in Algeria.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum