Ghana’s representatives for this year’s CAF interclub competitions, AshantiGold and Asante Kotoko both recorded victories in the first leg of the second round of the preliminary qualifiers.
The miners earned a 3-2 win over the Moroccan side, who were finalist in last years’ Confederation Cup at the Obuasi Len clay stadium on Saturday.
AshGold were cruising to victory after scoring two goals in the first-half by Eric Donkor and Shafiu Mummuni. However, a loss in communication in the defensive set up of the black and gold saw the Moroccans drawing level before Amos Addai secured the slim win with the third goal. Coach Ricardo da Rocha and his men must defend their slim lead and avoid defeat in the return leg to ensure their qualifications into the play-offs.
In Kumasi on Sunday, Asante Kotoko secured their first-ever win over Tunisian side, Etoile Sportive du Sahel. The two sides last meeting ended 2-2 eleven years ago in the group stage of the Confederation Cup.
Augustine Okrah sent the BabaYara stadium in raptures after colly slotting home a third-minute free-kick.
Striker, Richard Arthur who rejoined the club after an initial loan spell with the Porcupines two years ago, sealed the victory for coach Kjetil Zacharissen side with his first goal for the club.
The win is a huge step toward reaching the group stage of the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League for the first time since 2006. Any results apart from defeat in Sousse in two weeks time will ensure Kotoko’s passage into the group stage.
Credit: Stephen Boadi – ANGEL SPORTS