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Caf Champions League Preview: Asante Kotoko vs FC Nouadhibou

Published on: 04 December 2020

Asante Kotoko are confident of progressing to the next stage of the Caf Champions League at the expense of FC Nouadhibou this weekend.

The Porcupine Warriors earned a draw in the first leg in Mauritania last weekend. Kotoko feel they were robbed of victory.

Kotoko took the lead through Osman Ibrahim and but Nouadhibou equalised thanks to a dubious penalty. The referee adjudged the ball to have struck the arm of Yussif Mubarik despite replays showing it was his thigh.

“A draw is not bad, but I think that if the officiating was a bit better today, we would have won the game," Kotoko coach Maxwell Konadu said after the match.

“However, a Champions League 1-1 away draw is better than a goalless stalemate.

"We have taken the 1-1 result in good faith, we will go home and work harder to ensure we beat them by at least one or two unanswered goals so we can progress to the next stage."

They welcome FC Nouadhibou on Saturday optimistic of earning a favourable result which will seal their qualification to the first round.

Pre-match discussions have been centred around the venue for the match. Kotoko wanted to move the match from Accra to the Tamale Sports Stadium. But their request came too late so the match will take place at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Kotoko have been camping in Kumasi for the match while Nouadhibou arrived in Accra on Thursday night.

Both teams are unbeaten in their last five games but Nouadhibou have the better record. The Mauritanian champions have won five and drawn three while Kotoko have only one win.

Match facts

Nouadhibou have conceded just one goal in their last five competitive away matches (0.2 goals per game) and scored seven (1.4 goals per game).

The Orange club are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions, winning nine and drawing two. They are yet to lose a game in over 10 months.

Kotoko have conceded three goals in their last five competitive home games (0.6 goals per game) and scored five (1 goal per game).

Kotoko have lost one game in their last 13 competitive matches (5W 7D 1L).

Prediction: Kotoko 1-0 Nouadhibou

 

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