Ghana Premier League giants, Kumasi Asante Kotoko is taking comfort from scoring two away goals in their CAF Champions League opener against Nigerian side Kano Pillars despite losing 3-2 at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Porcupine Warriors are representing Ghana in CAF’s top tier inter-club competition after emerging as champions of the recently held GFA Normalization Committee Special Competition.
With the continental competition starting off this weekend, the Kumasi based side traveled to Nigeria to play the first leg of their fixture against Kano Pillars in the preliminary round.
The home side showed their superiority and took the lead just 13 minutes into the first half courtesy a good goal from Paul Hilary. All efforts to restore parity proved futile, forcing Kotoko to go into the break on the losing side.
Coach Kjetil Zachariassen and his men resumed the second half with some extra determination and scored to twitch the scoreline to 1-1 through new signing Justice Blay.
Some good attacking play from the away side helped them to take the lead for the first time on the day after new signing Godfred Asiamah curled his free-kick effort straight into the back of the net.
Kotoko now in the driving seat, failed to defend and allowed their opponent to grown in confidence to help them score two goals to give them a 3-2 victory at the end of the 90 minutes.
The Ghanaian side can only take comfort from the two away goals as they return home to prepare for the second leg of the tie.