The much anticipated CAF Confederations cup tie between Krobea Kumasi Asante Kotoko of Ghana and ES Setif of Algeria got many to wonder if the former are ready for the fixture with a change of manager and rumours of their opting of the competition.
It was a bright day for both teams as the fixture slated for the Accra Sports Stadium saw fans trooping in regardless of the COVID-19 protocols to support the porcupine warriors to victory.
The game started with pace and technique as both teams tried to hold on to the ball and break on the lose. With the Algerians known for their pace on and off the ball, it was very difficult for Kumasi Asante Kotoko to execute their game plan.
Fabio Gama, on the day marshalled the midfield for the porcupine warriors and played a tactically disciplined game.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko after going into the break holding the visitors at bay started to knock on the doors of the ES Setif goal which finally paid off. Kwame Opoku who is the leading goal scorer of Kotoko found the back of the net in the 70′. The fans continued to cheer as it looked like a sealed victory for the porcupine warriors until they started to expose their weaknesses which the visitors started to capitalize on.
In quick secession, ES Setif replied Kumasi Asante Kotoko with an equalizer 4′ after the porcupine warriors took the lead. The visitors started pushing forward for a win and the home team sat back to try and salvage a draw but ES Setif found a winner in the 81′ as Ahmed Kendouci found the back of the next.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko now need a win against ES Setif in Algeria to give them any hopes of proceeding to the next stage of the competition.