In Kumasi on Sunday (13 December) the Ghanaian Asante Kotoko team met the Ismaili Club of egypt in a semi-final fixture of the African Football Championships.
In Kumasi on Sunday (13 December) the Ghanaian Asante Kotoko team met the Ismaili Club of egypt in a semi-final fixture of the African Football Championships. A fortnight earlier the two sides had met in a goal-less draw in Cairo. The replay resulted in a win to Kotoko by two goals to nil.
A record crowd of 45,000 watched the match. Among the spectators were the Ashanti Region Chief Executive, Mr. Annan, and Mr. Abdel Elmourey...U.A.R. Ambassador to Ghana, who were introduced to the teams before the kick-off.
With the advantage of playing before an enthusiastic home crowd, Kotoko were quick to attack and keep the play deep in Ismaili territory. The Ismaili players rallied back well but had difficulty penetrating the Kotoko defences. The home team was determined to win in view of their elimination from last year's Championships by the Ismaili side.
Both sides failed to score from several chances and there was little to choose between the two teams until the 38th minute when an own-goal by an Ismaili player dampened the Egyptians' enthusiasm. The pace slowed down after Kotoko headed home a second goal, but the Egyptian side still attempted to level the score with bursts by the wingers.
Kotoko held on to win, in a game described as one of the best played at the Kumasi Sports Stadium in recent years. Ismaili, currently the champion club of Africa, was thus eliminated ....leaving Kotoko to meet Englebert of Congo-Kinshasa in the African Final.