The Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Ghana's champion soccer team, now need only a draw to win the Africa clubs championship title, after their win against the Vita club of Zaire in Kumasi, Ghana, on Sunday (25 November).
The Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Ghana's champion soccer team, now need only a draw to win the Africa clubs championship title, after their win against the Vita club of Zaire in Kumasi, Ghana, on Sunday (25 November). The Kotoko final score was a decisive four points to Vita's two, in the first leg final.
At their next encounter with Vita in Kinshasa on 16th December, Kotoko can take the prized "Osagyefo Cup" with a draw. A crowd of 40,000 were at the Kumasi Sports Stadium on Sunday to cheer their countrymen on. At half time, with a score of one goal each, the Ghanaian players needed all the support they could get to clinch the game.
Let-winger Malik scored the opening goal for Kotoko in the eighth minute, and Vita's left winger, Luyeye equalised seventeen minutes later. In the second half, the strong Kotoko forward line got three quick goals, but the Zaireans hit back and scored another goal from a penalty kick in the 69th minute. The penalty was awarded after Kotoko's Dadzie kicked the wall against his own hand. Vita's penalty kick bounced off the goal post, but the point was awarded after some confusion.
Kotoko had a difficult path to the finals of the championships. They defeated Mireikh of Sudan on a 4-1 aggregate after being on the brink of disqualification over improper registration of a player. Next, they disposed of the Zambian champions, Kabwe Worriors, on a 3-2 aggregate. Their third-round opponents, Ismaili of Egypt, pulled out because of the Middle East war, but were replaced by Kenya Breweries, whom Kotoko beat 4-1, on aggregate.
Four of their players, Skipper Yaw Sam, Malik Jabir and Dan Oppong, were with the Africa Squad which played in the recent Latin American games in Mexico.
SYNOPSIS: At the first-leg final of the African Club Championships at Kumasi in Ghana on Sunday, Ghana's champions, the Kumasi Asante Kotoko, wore the all-white strip. Their opponents were the Vita Club of Zaire.
Kotoko had fought hard to get into the finals, and were on the attack.
They had almost been disqualified over the improper registration of a player, but went on to win against the Zambian champions, and the Kenyan team.
After eight minutes, Kotoko's left-winger Malik, scored the opening goal.
A corner to Vita, but Kotoko were determined not to give them an inch.
It was anyone's game, as Vita went on the attack again.
In the 25th minute, left-winger Luyeye equalised for Vita and the first half ended with one all.
The second half opened with Zaire's champions playing left to right.
The two teams are to meet again in the second leg final on December 16th in Kinshasa, Vita's home ground.
In an eight-minute blitz Kotoko scored three goals. Joe Sam made the first one.
Kotoko returned to the attack. Four of their players, including the captain Yaw Sam, number seven, played with the Africa Squad in the recent Letin American games in Mexico.
Another goal went to Kotoko -- again from Joe Sam -- when he caught the goalkeeper napping after a Yaw Sam corner kick.
Kotoko were still going strong. Their full-back, Oliver Acquah, brought the crowd to its feet only minutes later, dashing from the rear and cracking home a return pass from Joe Sam.
But the brilliant trio had not daunted the visitors. Their chance came from a penalty awarded after Kotoko's Dadzie handled the ball.
The penalty kick bounced off the post, but after some confusion Vita were awarded the point, but not enough to win. The final score was Kotoko four -- Vita two.