A late spot kick from substitute Yakubu Mohammed snatched a late victory over Congolese side Club Athletique Renaissance Aiglon CARA after three previous penalties were squandered by Asante Kotoko in the preliminary round of the 2018 Confederation Challenge Sunday.
It was a game riddled with penalties – five of them; four to Kotoko and one to the Congolese side, Club Athletic Renaissance Aiglon (CARA). Only one of the penalties was neatly converted and it was by Kotoko’s Yakubu Mohammed in the 92nd minute and that saved the Porcupines the blushes.
Saddick Adams, Amos Frimpong and Baba Mahama failed to take advantage of the game after Senegalese disciplinarian, referee Issa Sy did not hesitate to point to the spot five times but only one was converted by the porcupine warriors.
Striker Adams missed a 5th minute penalty after shooting wide. Having controlled the pace of the game in the first half, Kotoko won themselves yet another penalty which was missed by skipper of the side Amos Frimpong who had his kick saved by the CARA goalkeeper.
Baba Mahama also failed to take advantage of another penalty when Kwame Boahene was fouled in the box as the midfielder saw his kick saved by the goalkeeper.
The visitors also had a glorious opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty but goalkeeper Chansel Massa-who had saved two spot-kicks missed.
The Ghanaian giants proved to be stronger side than CARA Brazzaville in their search for the opener but the resolute CARA defence stood firm.
Yakubu Mohammed came on as substitute for Eric Donkor and found the net by scoring from the penalty spot to snatch a late win for the Reds.
Kotoko need to avoid defeat in their next fixture in Brazzaville on February 21 as they go into the second leg encounter against CARA .