It was a thrilling affair at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana as Asante Kotoko lined out against CARA Brazzaville from Congo.
The game which was made spicy by Kotoko’s management promise to reward each player with a 2-bedroom apartment if the team wins the Confederations Cup left the fans with so much to regret at the end.
Having started the gane with huge determination that saw them boss the game comfortably, the strike force of the Asante Kotoko team didn’t get into the party as they made a mincemeat of themselves.
Five times, the no-nonsense centre referee displayed his displeasure for the combat football may turn into by awarding penalties and astonishingly, four of the spot kkcks were missed in a game that has now gone viral for its dramatic course.
Referee Issa Sy from Senegal was surely the star man on the day as former Ghana U-17 international and one-time Athletico Madrid academy player, Sadick Adams rolled his penalty wide off the target before two other players missed theirs. Yakubu Mohammed converted his spot kick and CARA who were granted a lifeline by Kotoko’s anger with the net also missed theirs from the spot.
At the end, it was an affair that left Kotoko with regrets but many African football followers will only have more to chew. Thrillers are not only made in Manila, they could be made in Kumasi too, comfortably.