A late Songne Yacouba goal salvaged a point for Asante Kotoko in a cagey CAF Confederations cup match at the Baba Yara stadium today.
With expectations so high and turnout typically impressive , Kotoko’s sharp start to the game suffered a setback when Walled Hamid put the visitors ahead in the 33rd minute, muting the home fans and tickling the anxieties of the Kotoko bench.
The Sudanese side proceeded to play the entire remainder of the game on the break, sitting back and allowing Kotoko to have more of the ball in a bid to counter the Porcupines.
Asante Kotoko continued to probe the Al Hilal defense with several interplays but the athletic Sudanese defense kept wearing out the Kotoko attack with a disciplined tactical setup that left very little space for lead striker Songne Yacouba to maneuve.
With fan frustration growing at the stadium and coach CK Akonnor looking animated on the touchline , a huge sigh of relief was let out at the stadium when sensational striker Sonnie Yacouba put some hope in Kotoko’s CAF Confederations cup adventure with an 86th minute strike to change the mood of the Kotoko fans who had grown weary with anxiety over the course of the nervy game.
The crucial equalizer meant that Kotoko who now lie third in the group have a must-win final group game against Zesco United in Zambia whose 3-0 loss to Nkana FC effectively put them out of reckoning for qualification to the next stage of the competition.