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Asante Kotoko S/C came from behind to force Al-Hilal Omdurman of Sudan to a pulsating 1-1 draw in a vital Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), Confederation Cup Group C clash at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, on Sunday.

The Sudanese came into the game well-composed, deploying a well-rehearsed strategy which saw the Porcupine Warriors found wanting, especially in first session of the game.

Using their height and the flanks to their advantage, the visitors from a quick counter-attack opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, and it was Al-Hilal’s Waleed Hamid who smashed the ball into the net to unsettle their opponents.

This was about five minutes after Kotoko’s Emmanuel Gyamfi had failed to connect home a glorious opportunity from a Daniel Darkwah pass.

Gyamfi came into the picture again and his astonishing miss in the 40th minute summed up the frustration on the part of the Porcupine Warriors at this stage of the game.

A defensive blunder on the part of Al-Hilal’s goalie, Salim Magoola, saw Gyamfi who was lurking in the 18-yard box failing to punish the visitors as he delayed in tapping the ball into the net.

Kotoko’s Coach, C. K. Akonnor, shuffled his tactics in the second half, allowing his players to be more daring in the opponents’ half.

The two-time African champions in the process pinned down the Sudanese to their own half with some incessant attacking play, forcing the visitors to concede three quick corner kicks within the spate of ten minutes from the commencement of the second half.

Goalie Magoola proved equal to the task as he had to delve deep into his rich reservoir of experience to save the visitors from conceding an avalanche of goals in the course of the match.

Kotoko drew parity in the 85th minute with a goal by striker Songne Yacouba and this put the Porcupine Warriors still in contention to qualifying to the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Zambia’s Nkana F/C who earlier defeated country rivals, Zesco United, are now on top of the Group with nine points, followed by Al-Hilal on eight points and Kotoko placing third with seven points.

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