Kumasi Asante Kotoko deployed a well rehearsal strategy to draw scoreless in Algeria against El Eulma in the first leg tie of the ongoing CAF Champions league on Saturday.
A brilliant save by Eric Ofori Antwi in post for the Porcupine Warriors in the 5th minute kept the Ghanaian side on the right track with El Eulma pushing hard for the opener but the defensive line led by the captain of the side Amos Frimpong stood tall to deal with all the dangerous incursions initiated by the North Africa side.
Kotoko largely relied on counter attacks as Ahmed Toure was a torn in the flesh of the host, the Ivorian nearly shot the away side into winning when his ferocious strike in the 27 minute mark missed the post by inches, 5 minutes later he was sent through on goal but he dragged his shot wide.
El Eulma twice within the space of 6 minutes came close in fetching the opener but the magical display by goalkeeper Ofori Antwi kept Kotoko in the game.
In the second half El Eulma threw men forward with a persistent attack which their leading marksman Walid was heavily policed by Abeiku Ainooson who looks much more comfortable in putting a fast defensive break on the home side attack.
Substitute Dauda Mohammed who came in for Emmanuel Asante was marvelous on the day as Kotoko shifted from the 4:5:1 to 4:4:2 system which creditably paid off as they started getting some bite upfront; putting a lot of intense pressure on the El Eulma defense.
The host never stopped attacking but, Eric Ofori Antwi stood to the test to save the situation for the Ghanaian side. The game was brought to an end with both sides failing to hit the back of the net. The return leg comes off a fortnight in Kumasi.
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