Ghana’s representative at this year’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup competition, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, was knocked out of the competition this afternoon.
The Porcupine Warriors succumbed to a 7-6 loss via penalty kicks to Congo’s Club Athletique Rennaissance Aiglon (CARA), in the second leg of their match played at the Stade Alphonse Massamba Debat Stadium in Brazzaville.
CARA broke the deadlock in the 35th minute, courtesy of a deflected shot, and held on to their slim lead for a 1-1 aggregate after 90minutes, to send the game into a penalty shootout.
In the dramatic and tense penalty kick shootout that unfolded, and eventually moved into the dreaded ‘sudden death’ stage, shot stopper for Kotoko, Felix Annan, handed his side a goal advantage after slotting in the opener, and saving the opening kick from CARA. However, the lead was short-lived, as Obed Owusu horrendously missed the second kick for Kotoko, and CARA proceeded to level up the score.
Awudu Nafiu, Yakubu Mohammed, Wahab Adams, Jordan Opoku, and Baba Mahama subsequently converted for Kotoko, whilst Amos Frimpong, Jackson Owusu, and Kwame Boahen botched their kicks to eventually hand CARA the win.
Kotoko goalie, Felix Annan, who had a great outing on the afternoon saved three penalty kicks, and scored one.
The loss marks an early exit for the Porcupine Warriors, who were, at worst, expected to go deep into the tournament.