Kumasi Asante Kotoko have put their biggest rival Hearts of Oak to shame as they settled for a goalless draw with Kariobangi Sharks in Kenya. The Phobian’s, instead of supporting the Ghanaian team, threw their weight behind the Kenyan club to beat Kotoko.
The game started on a very good note as both clubs looked very tactical on the pitch. Kotoko were very defensive in the first half of the game whiles the home team were attacking more. They had few chances which they could have buried into the net but Amos Frimpong quickly cleared the ball, thereby preventing it from entering the net. The first half ended without any team scoring a goal.
The second half began with both clubs looking very aggressive on the ball. And they both put their passing rhythm together. Kotoko still looked more defensive in the second half and it seemed their tactical plans worked to perfection. Kariobangi Sharks were however comfortable sitting back in their half as they also swung passes together.
In the dying embers of the game, Kotoko mounted pressure on the Kariobangi Sharks, but all their efforts were in vain as the failed to find the back of the net. At the end of 90 minutes, the scoreline read Kariobangi Sharks 0:0 Asante Kotoko.
The return leg will be played in Ghana at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi next week. Winner of the second leg with qualify for the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup.
Brent Kojo Amenuvor