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Match Report: Nkana FC 3-1 Asante Kotoko SC- Sougne Yacouba’s Artful Free Kick Not Enough For Generous Visitors

Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko SC suffered a damaging 3-1 thrashing at the hands of Zambian side Nkana FC in the CAF Confederation cup group stage match despite the artful dead ball from Sougne Yacouba at the Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.

A shambolic defensive display at the back proved costly for CK Akunnor’s men as they endured their worst outing in the 2018/19 CAF inter-club competition in the one sided defeat.

A highly contentious spot kick was converted by Freddy Tshimenga to put the host ahead after just 21 minutes before Sougne Yacouba ended his continental hoodoo in grand style with a thunderbolt free kick to pull parity for the visitors 2 minutes after going behind.

The goal feast took a supersonic speed and swung in favour of the host only 3 minutes after Asante Kotoko SC had pulled parity with Ronald Kampamba registering the third goal on the day in a space of 5 minutes.

Habib Mohammed and Emmanuel Agyeman Badu, two of the weakest links in the Kotoko set up, continue to give clear goal scoring chances to their opponents in a game CK Akunnor will not forget in a hurry.

The shambolic defensive ended up disrupting the entire playing body with Maxwell Baakoh enduring a torrid time on the flank as he bellows for the ball all game long.

Ismail Abdul Ganiu, whose well timed tackle just outside the 18 yard box was wrongly awarded as a penalty, then sneaked into the game in the latter stages of the first department as they avoided further damage before recess.

The Reds were however not strong enough to withstand the onslaught after recess after Ronaldo Kampamba doubled his tally to give the host a 3-1 lead just 8 minutes in the second department of the game.

Akunor unleashed Steven Nyarko for Maxwell Baakoh moments after conceding the third goal before Ghanaian import, Richard Ocran, was shown his marching off orders in the final 18 minutes of the game.

The arrival of Martin Antwi in the final 10 minutes barely added any value to the Asante Kotoko set up as they slipped to their heaviest defeat in the competition so far.

The two teams are set to square off at the Baba Yara stadium in a week’s time as the race for the two spots in the group gears up.

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Saani Abacha

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