11 February 2018 08:01
A 93rd minute penalty goal by substitute Yakubu Mohamed gave Ghana’s Asante Kotoko a narrow win over visiting CARA of Congo on Sunday in Kumasi.
In a game that witnessed five penalties, which saw four wasted, three for kotoko and the other on the part of the visitors, it took yet another last gasp penalty for the homers to settle matters.
The home team dominated proceedings right from the blast of the whistle bombarding the goal area of CARA but the Congolese giants were resolute in defence.
Kotoko were awarded the first penalty after six minutes when Emmanuel Gyamfi was fouled in the box, but Sadick Adams blasted wide to end the first half goalless.
Back from recess and both team continued from where they left off with Kotoko dominating the exchanges. They were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute and again it was wasted as goalkeeper Massa Chansel saved captain Amos Frimpong's kick.
CARA managed to create their own few attacks, and it was dangerous, but they lacked the final bite in attack.
The Porcupine Warriors were awarded another penalty in the 67th minute and goalkeeper Massa Chansel again saved Baba Mahama's kick.
CARA had a chance to get an away goal after they were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute but Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan denied goalkeeper Massa Chancel from the spot.
In added-on time, Mohamed converted a penalty to hand Kotoko a slim lead ahead of the second leg on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 in Brazzaville.
Friday, 9 February 2018
Djoliba (Mali) vs ELWA United (Liberia)*
Onze Createurs (Mali) 1-1 CR Belouizdad (Algeria)
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Petro Atletico (Angola) 5-0 Masters Security (Malawi)
Young Buffaloes (Swaziland) 0-1 Cape Town City (South Africa)
Costa do Sol (Mozambique) 1-0 Jwaneng (Botswana)
Energie (Benin) 1-0 Hafia (Guinea)
Ngazi Sport (Comoros) 1-1 Port Louis (Mauritius)
Mangasport (Gabon) 0-1 Maniema Union (DR Congo)
Olympic Star (Burundi) 0-0 Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso)
New Stars (Cameroon) 2-1 Deportivo Niefang (Equatorial Guinea)
Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) 0-0 CS la Mancha (Congo)
Al Ittihad (Libya) 1-0 Sahel (Niger)
El Masry (Egypt) 4-0 Green Buffaloes (Zambia)
US Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) vs Hilal Juba (South Sudan)**
Sunday, 11 February 2018
APR (Rwanda) 4-0 Anse Reunion (Seychelles)
Akwa United (Nigeria) 1-2 Hawks (Gambia)
Asante Kotoko (Ghana) 1-0 CARA (Congo)
AFC Leopards (Kenya) 1-1 FOSA Juniors (Madagascar)
Simba (Tanzania) 4-0 Gendarmerie (Djibouti)
RS Berkane (Morocco) vs Mbour Petite Cote (Senegal)
Africa Sports (Cote d’Ivoire) 1-1 FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania)
Zimamoto (Zanzibar) 1-1 Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia)
*ELWA United withdrew
** US Ben Guerdane awarded a 3-0 win after Hilal Juba forfeited the match