Kumasi Asante Kotoko poured cold water on Etoile du Sahel when they won by 2-0 in the first leg of the first round of the CAF Champions league.
The Baba Yara Sports Stadium was the venue when the two
giants locked horns on Sunday, September 15 at 15: 00 GMT.
Kotoko got off with flamboyance when Augustine Okran
registered the first goal after just a minute of the game from a free kick.
The early pressure to unsettle Etoile paid off when George
Abege was fouled around the penalty box from which Okran shot a low shot beyond
Bdiri Makrem in post for the Tunisians.
Etoile then came into the game aggressively to find an
equalizer but could not penetrate the tight Kotoko defensive set-up with easy.
Abege had another bright chance to increase the tally for
reds but could not finish off the pass from Okran before Bdiri saved the goal
from his feet.
On the 35th minute Okran was also unlucky when his thunder
strike hit the bar to the admiration of all present at the Stadium.
Five minutes later, there was a big crowed shout for penalty
when Emmanuel Gyamfi was locked down by an Etoile defender but Referee Hasan
Corneh from Liberia waved play on.
Kotoko began the second half with better enthusiasm when
they started attacking Etoile right from the time the referee blew the whistle.
They got the second goal through Richard Arthur who before
then had had an awful day. After Etoile had failed to deal with a free kick,
the return ball from Dacosta met Arthur who was onside to slot the ball home to
make it 2-0
The game then lost its attraction when Etoile decided to
resort to delay tactics by faking injuries and challenging referee at the least
Etoile will welcome Kotoko in Souse in two weeks time when
they face off for the second leg.