Kumasi Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan, says they have not given up in their fight to secure qualification to the quarterfinals of the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup competition.
The Porcupines had to come back strongly in the second half through striker Songnè Yacouba’s free header to draw 1-1 with Sudan’s Al Hilal at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, yesterday.
The well composed and tactically disciplined side, Al Hilal, drew the first blood in the first half through Waleed Bakhiet.
A win could have enhanced Kotoko’s chances of a quarterfinal berth, with one group match to go, especially since Zesco United had lost to Nkana FC 3-0 in Kitwe, Zambia, a few hours before the Baba Yara split result.
Still, the Kotoko goalkeeper says they are not giving up until they have played Zesco Utd in Zambia, this weekend.
“We have not given up yet. The last game is in Zambia. We will give our best to make sure we win against Zesco, so we qualify for the next round.
“Its not the way we wanted it. It’s football; there is still hope,” concluded Annan.
The Reds are in a precarious position, perching in third position with seven points, one point behind second-placed Al Hilal, who also lie a point behind leaders, Nkana FC. The Zambian side have won all their home matches to amass nine points going into the last group matches, this weekend.
Crucially, while Nkana FC tread on Sudanese soil where their compatriots, Zesco Utd succumbed 3-1 two Sundays, ago, Asante Kotoko will have to win on the road for the first time, against bottom-placed and out-of-contention Zesco Utd, to give themselves the chance of qualification to the quarter finals of the competition.