Match - Fri 15 March, 20:00,
Kotoko hold JSM Bejaia in Algeria
Kotoko managed to hold JSM Bejaia in Algeria
The home side wasted several scoring chances that could negatively affect their hopes of reaching the last 16 of Africa’s flagship football competition.
JSM Bejaia hit the woodwork two times in the first-half with French midfielder Toufik Zerara and Belkacem Niati all denied.
Kotoko goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye was also in good form, preventing the Algerians from getting a goal in the last-32, first leg fixture in Bejaia.
The Porcupine Warriors goalkeeper produced two fine saves to stop efforts from Zerara and Mebarki in the first half with the latter trying his luck with a 40-yard piledriver.
The French midfielder Zerara dictated the pace of the game from the left with his trickery but he just could not penetrate the defence of the Ghanaians.
Michael Akuffo tried to shock the home fans with his angled shot in the first half and even though the ball fooled goalkeeper Cédric Si Mohamed it could not find the net.
A fiery second-leg is expected in Kumasi as Kotoko have complained to CAF about their treatment from hosts JSM Bejaia in Algeria.
No flight was available from Algiers to eastern port city Bejaia, the promised two-hour road trip took twice as long, and some hotel rooms lacked running water and heating.