Kotoko reach playoffs after slim win over Kariobangi

Asante Kotoko booked their place in the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs after beating Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya 2-1 in a first-round second leg match at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Saturday afternoon.

Following the goalless draw that played out between the two sides in Nairobi, Kenya last weekend, it was Kotoko who gained the early advantage with Fatawu Safui scoring the opener.

The striker hit a low shot into the bottom corner of the near post to make it 1-0 on 17 minutes.

The lead lasted until the 30th minute as Kariobangi restored parity through Katila Omoto.

But 10 minutes later, Kotoko were back in front thanks to captain Amos Frimpong. The defender converted a penalty after Yacouba Songne was fouled in the box.

The Kenyans mounted a late challenge for an equaliser which would have been enough to send them into the next round of the competition on away goal’s rule but Kotoko did well to protect the 2-1 score.

The Porcupine Warriors are set to join 15 other winners from the first round and 14 losers from the Champions League first round into the Confederation Cup playoff round.

The draw for the playoff round will be held on Friday.

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