Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan has applauded his teammates for their sparkling performance in their 3-2 victory over Coton Sport de Garoua in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup in Yaoundé, Cameroun on Sunday.
Emmanuel Gyamfi, Maxwell Baakoh and Fatawu Safiu ensured Coach C. K Akonnor’s men enhanced their chances of progressing to the next stage of the competition ahead of the second leg to be played in Kumasi.
“When you believe, everything is possible! Great character from the lads in a difficult away game! Thank God for the 3-2 victory but we still got to finish up in Kumasi! Thank you for you amazing support back home,” the 24-year-old goalie tweeted after the game.
It took just eight minutes for Emmanuel Gyamfi to break the deadlock when he latched on to Abdul Fatawu Safiu’s through pass to go one-on-one with the Coton Sport goalkeeper Sabirou Bassa-Djeri before slotting the ball into the net.
The goal came after Songne Yacouba and Abdul Fatawu Safiu had taken turns to miss scoring chances from close range.
Gyamfi’s goal gave Kotoko the confidence to dominate and created some decent chances against the home side. Their dominance paid off in the 30th minute when Kotoko cushioned their lead courtesy a stunning effort by Maxwell Baakoh.
The winger hit the ball into bottom right corner of the net after meandering through the Coton Sport defense before Baakoh and Fatawu added the second and third goals.
This is the first time the Porcupine Warriors have come this far in the competition since 2008.
Annan has been Kotoko’s safest pair of hands in the past three years. His exploits have earned him admiration from many football fans at home and across the continent.
He won several Man of the Match awards during the suspended 2017/2018 Ghana Premier League season.
The second leg tie has been scheduled for Sunday, January 20 at the Baba Yaya Stadium in Kumasi.
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