The Asante Kotoko Sporting Club of Kumasi, Ghana, and Asec of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, met in the first leg of an African Cup football quarter-final in Kumasi, Ghana on Sunday (12 September).
GV Asec kick off playing from right to left in light coloured jerseys.
GV Kotoko gains possession and attacks and Asec defender kicks ball out of play.
SV Kotoko take throw in, Asec gain possession attack and Kotoko goalie saves.
LV Asec score first goal by Bawa.
SV Crowd cheering
GV PAN Kotoko attack during second half. Malik Jahir (No.11) of Kotoko crosses ball into Asec area and Charles Osie heads equalising goal.
GV Kotoko score winning goal with a penalty by Malik Jahir.
The two sides will meet again in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 26 September to decide which club will advance to the semi-finals of the African Cup. The African Cup is contested by the champion club side in each of the competing nations.
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Background: The Asante Kotoko Sporting Club of Kumasi, Ghana, and Asec of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, met in the first leg of an African Cup football quarter-final in Kumasi, Ghana on Sunday (12 September).
SYNOPSIS: The Ivory Coast visitors started the game well, and made a number of promising moves. However, the home side than started to dominate the game.
Kotoko mounted a number of attacks in the first half, but good defence by Asec and poor finishing by the home side prevented them from scoring. On several occasions the Kotoko strikers had chances to score, but couldn't finish off the moves.
Although Kotoko was the better team in the first half, Asec still managed to produce several attacks. With away goals counting double in the African Cup competition, the Abidjan side wanted to score some goals to improve their position for the second leg in Abidjan later this month.
The visitors were actually the first to score when a defensive blunder just before half time allowed striker Bawa to score, giving Asec a 1-0 lead at half time.
Kotoko fought back in the second back in the second half and almost scored an equalising goal on several occasions. Then in the 70th minute, midfield player Charles Osie finally scored the equaliser from a cross by Kotoko skipper Malik Jahir.
The Ghanaian side were later awarded a penalty after a foul. Malik converted the penalty to give Kotoko a 2-1 win.