Goals from Augustine Okrah and Richard Arthur ensured Kotoko beat Etoile du Sahel in the first leg of their CAF Champions League qualifier.
It was a game where a massive win was needed to enhance any chance of progression ahead of the second leg. Not quite the result but Kotoko beat Etoile du Sahel comprehensively.
The porcupine warriors ,buoyed by their over 38,000 fans who created a very hostile atmosphere in the stadium were on song as early as the first minute.
It didn’t take long for them to find the goal with Augustine Okrah perfectly dispatching a freekick after George Abege was bundled down just around the 18 yard box.
Abege himself would come close as he hit the crossbar with a good effort. Kotoko continued to pile on the pressure in search for more goals.
Later in the first half, Emmanuel Gyamfi, who had been a thorn in the flesh of the Tunisian defence, thought he had won Kotoko a penalty but the referee was having none of it.
Kotoko held on to their 1-0 lead at the end of halftime. After the recess, Kotoko continued to pile on the pressure.
9 minutes into the second half, they were rewarded after Richard Arthur scored a second goal to calm nerves and give Kotoko a lead their dominance deserved.
Sogne Yacouba made a cameo appearance as Kotoko held on to take a 2-0 lead into the second leg.
The result is a good one for Kotoko but bearing in mind the fact that Etoile du Sahel are a formidable side at home, Kotoko will need to put up a very strong defensive display to keep them out.
The winner of the 2 legged tie seals qualification to the CAF Champions league group stages. Kotoko haven’t made it to that stage in 16 years and will be looking to right that wrong