Fans of Former Champions of African Clubs cup, Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC could not believe their eyes when their team failed to convert three straight penalties before finally converting a fourth spot kick to defeat CARA Brazzaville 1-0 in the first-leg of their Confederation Cup clash in Kumasi on Sunday.
The Porcupines now appear to have a daunting task ahead in the second leg in the Congolese capital as they failed to make their penalties count.
Cara who were also given a chance to put Kotoko in a more tight corner squandered their golden opportunity when they were also awarded a penalty.
In an incredible game played at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kotoko could only manage a 1-0 win despite being awarded four penalties.
Yakubu Mohammed converted his spot-kick on additional time after Sadick Adams, Amos Frimpong and Baba Mahama had failed to scores theirs.
CARA, on the other hand, had the opportunity to grab an away goal but Kotoko goalie Felix Annan produced a quality save to deny the Congolese side from the spot.
Senegalese Referee Issa Sey became the star man for awarding five penalties in a match. His first call was in the first five minutes but striker Sadick Adams had his effort rolled off target.
Captain Amos Frimpong followed next with a miss after Kwame Boahene had been brought down before the hour mark.
After 70 minutes, the referee awarded another spot kick to Kotoko but Baba Mahama squandered it, much to the surprise of increasingly apoplectic home fans.
The referee next handed CARRA the chance to take the lead from the spot but goalkeeper Chansel Massa, who had previously saved two Kotoko penalties, also saw his effort from the spot saved by Felix Annan.
With the game edging very close to a barren draw, Issa Sy awarded a fifth and final spot-kick to Kotoko which was well taken by substitute Yakubu Mohammed.
After a promise of giving each player a 2-bedroom house if they win the CAF Confederation Cup, this is not the result Kotoko’s hierarchy would have expected. But the win should galvanize the Porcupine Warriors to do better in the away leg in Congo Brazzaville in two weeks.
Kotoko’s head coach, Steven Pollack admitted the task before them is a huge one but revealed he was very surprised after both clubs failed to score given given penalties within the 90 minutes of play.