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Sports News of Monday, 14 January 2019


Agyeman Badu confident of qualification after first leg win over Coton Sports

Asante Kotoko defender Emmanuel Agyeman Badu is optimistic of his side's chances ahead of the second leg clash of the CAF Confederations Cup play-offs against Coton Sports de Garoua.

The Porcupine Warriors secured an important 3-2 away win over the Cameroonian champions on Sunday and ahead of the second leg in Kumasi, Agyeman-Badu who described the game as an easy one is hopeful of group stage qualification for the Reds.

"We came here knowing it would be a tough game, but the realities on the field were different. We had an easier than expected ride and it gives us more motivation to prepare for the return leg at home. It’s true no two games are the same but we have a great chance of moving to the next stage," he said after the game in Yaounde.

Emmanuel Gyamfi put the visitors in front in the 8th minute by latching onto Abdul Fatawu Safiu's through pass to go one-on-one with the Coton Sport goalkeeper to slot into the middle of the net.

The goal came after Songne Yacouba and Abdul Fatawu Safiu had taken turns to miss from close range.

Maxwell Baakoh doubled the lead in the 30th minute with a cool finish into the left bottom corner after rounding up two markers.

Dauda Kamilo pulled one back for the hosts from the spot after Morrocan referee Samir Guezzaz's controversial penalty call to Maxwell Baakoh's tackle on an opposing player in the penalty box.

Fatawu Safiu restored the two-goal lead in the 50th minute by intercepting a pass from the Coton Sport goalkeeper to curl the ball into the far post before Guema Araina drew a consolation goal for the hosts in the 71st-minute with a half volley.