Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been able to survive the scare of qualifying for the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup.They were able to beat Coton Sport of Cameroon 2-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, January 20.
This becomes the first time Kotoko qualifies since 2008 when they featured in CAF Confederations Cup.
The fans who filled the stadium to almost its full capacity were treated to very good football from the home side. The trio combination of Maxwell Bako, Sonny Yakoba and Emmanuel Gyamfi were so delightful to watch as they gave Coton players a hell of time on the pitch.
Coton Sport rather came in been more aggresive but that worked against them as they recoreded two yellow cards in the first half.
Kotoko began the game as the favourites after beating Coton 3-2 in Cameroon a week ago. Two goals from Captain Amos Frimpong and winger Maxwell Bako were enough to calm the nerves of the Kumasi fans.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 45th minute after Kotoko were awarded a penalty after striker Yacouba Songne was fouled in the Coton Sport penalty box.
Captain Amos Frimpong made no mistake as he slotted the ball home for the first goal to send the teeming fans into a state of celebration.
After going down by two goals, the Cameroon side changed their system to more comfortable one, swinging passes within short and medium range.
This yielded a good results when they grabbed a goal in the 86th minute through Oumarou Sali, but it was only a consolation as Kotoko won the game 2-1 to go through 5-3 on aggregate.