Asante Kotoko were handed a 2-1 defeat by Algerian club ES Setif in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The Porcupine Warriors were undone by a Kendouci Mohammed 81st minute strike in the first leg fixture at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The Porcupine Warriors missed a penalty in the game as Setif secured a 2-1 win ahead of the second leg in Algeria.
Naby Keita had the first chance of the game for Asante Kotoko in the 19th minute as his header missed the post by inches from a corner kick
Fabio Gama had Kotoko’s first shot on target with his header which went straight into the hands of the Setif goalkeeper Sefian
Kwame Poku was brought down in the box in the 27th minute in the box of Setif but the Cameroonian referee ignored calls for a penalty
Kwame Poku nearly broke the deadlock in the game for Kotoko but a good reflex from the Setif goalkeeper saw the ball go out for a corner kick in the 32nd minute
Imoro Ibrahim long range strike in the 43rdminute missed the ball by inches as Kotoko searched for an opener with just some few minutes to end the first half
Just after recess Asante Kotoko had a chance at goal but Fabio Gama missed his kick, which was later followed by Emmanuel Sarkodie but his effort could not trouble the Setif goalkeeper
The Porcupine Warriors continued to pile a lot of pressure on the Algerians but they were very resolute in defense
Emmanuel Sarkodie was impeded just some few yards to the Setif goal area, as Kotoko were awarded a goal scoring opportunity. Imoro Ibrahim delivered a poor free kick which was saved by the goalkeeper
A nicely worked goal by the Asante Kotoko team saw Kwame Poku break the deadlock for the Porcupine Warriors in the 69th minute of the second half
Amoura Mohammed got the equalizer for Setif in the 73rd minute with a beautiful header into the net
Setif got the important goal in the 81st minute from a counter-attack as Kendouci Mohammed made it 2-1 for the away side
The Porcupine Warriors were awarded a penalty after the ball was adjudged to have hit the hand of a Setif player.
Naby Keita’s spot kick was saved by the Setif goalkeeper.
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