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Gallant Kotoko hold JSM Bejaia in Champions League in Algeria, big boost for second-leg

Published on: 16 March 2013
Kotoko players fought hard in the game in Algeria

Ghana’s Asante Kotoko secured an important away draw as they held JSM Bejaia to a goalless draw in Algeria in the last 16 of the African Champions League on Friday.

The home side wasted several scoring chances that could negatively affect their hopes of reaching the last 16 of Africa’s flagship football competition.

JSM Bejaia hit the woodwork two times in the first-half with French midfielder Toufik Zerara and Belkacem Niati all denied.

Kotoko goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye was also in good form, preventing the Algerians from getting a goal in the last-32, first leg fixture in Bejaia.

The Porcupine Warriors goalkeeper produced two fine saves to stop efforts from Zerara and Mebarki in the first half with the latter trying his luck with a 40-yard piledriver.

The French midfielder Zerara dictated the pace of the game from the left with his trickery but he just could not penetrate the defence of the Ghanaians.

Michael Akuffo tried to shock the home fans with his angled shot in the first half and even though the ball fooled goalkeeper Cédric Si Mohamed it could not find the net.

A fiery second-leg is expected in Kumasi as Kotoko have complained to CAF about their treatment from hosts JSM Bejaia in Algeria.

No flight was available from Algiers to eastern port city Bejaia, the promised two-hour road trip took twice as long, and some hotel rooms lacked running water and heating.

 Stadium: Unit-Maghreb (Béjaïa) Referees: Fall Ousamane, Djibril Camara, Cheikh Touré

Yellow cards: Mebarki (90 ') (JSMB) Soulama Abdulai (14'), Ben Adama (44 '), Yakubu (69' ) Asante Kotoko (Asante)

JSMB: Mohamed, Aït Fergane, Zeghli (Hammouche 90 '), Boukemacha, Mebrakou, Laribi, Zerrara, Niati, Mebarki, Derrag (Debeka 77 '), Boussaha (Aourès 83 ') Coach: Solinas Asante :

Kotoko starting line-up: Soulama Abdulai, Bobie Ansah, Banh Ben Adama, Adusei Kwabena, Sumaila Rashid, Michael Akuffo, Abdul Aziz Yasif (Richard Mpong 82 '), Issah Yakubu (Frimpong 90 +3), Godfed Asante, Michael Helegbe Kafui, Nti Boakye Kofi ( Seydou Bansey 75 ')

Coach: Didier Dramani



This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • King bobo says:
    March 16, 2013 01:57 pm
    Good job done you have proved our rivals wrong.
  • Frank odoi says:
    March 16, 2013 01:35 pm
    Thank u players
  • th mingle says:
    March 16, 2013 12:32 pm
    Such a great performance from the porcupine warriors. We look forward to a promising 2nd leg.
  • selfmade says:
    March 16, 2013 12:38 pm
    We ll show them where power lies!!!!! They ll be treated like they did to us and they better prepared because i know caf wouldn't say nothing!!!! Viva the revolutioncioooooooooooooooooo!!!!
  • kweku says:
    March 16, 2013 10:04 am
    Faaaaabulous the Best........ Asanteman 4eva
  • 3TA PUIE says:
    March 16, 2013 09:34 am
  • Dr Who says:
    March 16, 2013 08:19 am
    Well done to the technical crew for a good job done.lets wallop them in the 2nd leg.
  • Seth Seddor says:
    March 16, 2013 07:56 am
    Asante Kotoko have done well and hope they will do all they can to eliminate their opponent and get 1/16 stage.
  • Agenda says:
    March 16, 2013 06:14 am
    Well, I agree with u two de3 but lets cut the celebrations n praise songs as any form a draw in 2 wks period could spell our doom.dont forget we'll b playing in Ksi where any weaker side can just hold us with impunity! It's still dicy but with hard wk n precision by our strikers,can progress to d next stage.Fabulous,always the best!!!
  • OB says:
    March 16, 2013 06:10 am
    Thumbs Up to you Boys for making the Asante Kingdom proud. Faaaaaabulous, simply the best!
  • Adam....(Ghana) says:
    March 16, 2013 05:44 am
    Good work boys..u did perfectly well..u did it for the whole country...we are all proud of you..weldone!!!
  • Yahoo BB Japan says:
    March 16, 2013 05:37 am
    Please GSN thankz for the report but give us a good pictures next time. Anyway , congrats boys. good luck in the second league.
  • joe atiso says:
    March 16, 2013 03:03 am
    Faaaabulous!!!!!! The best!!!!!! What a fantastic display! Keep it up boys. The best is yet to come.Wishing Akwasi Appiah and the Black Stars all the best as well. Enemies of progress will be put to shame!