Asante Kotoko

The referee for the match between Asante Kotoko and Cara Brazzaville awarded five penalties

Asante Kotoko of Ghana hosted Cara Brazzaville of Congo in the first leg affair of a CAF Confederation Cup qualification match, and the centre referee gave a total of five penalties in the game.

Referee Issa Sly was not reluctant to point to the penalty spot at any given time as he awarded four penalties to the home side and one to the away side.

Despite five penalty kicks awarded in the game, the home side converted just one of the four penalties given to them while Cara missed the only penalty given to them.

The Referee awarded his first penalty as early as the fifth minute after a handball by a Cara defender, but Saddick Adams was unable to convert.

Amos Frimpong’s decided to take the next penalty, but his spot kick was saved by Chansel Massa in goal for Cara.

Baba Mahama was elected to take the third spot kick awarded to Kotoko but Chansel Massa denied Asante the lead.

The Congolese side were given a spot kick of their own but were unable to convert also as Felix Annan saved from the spot.

Asante were however awarded another penalty in stoppage time of the second half, and substitute Yakubu Mohammed blasted his shot into the net to give the home side a one goal victory going into the return leg in a forthnight.

It remains to be seen if Cara will lodge an official complaints against referee Issa Sly before the next encounter in Congo.

The CAF Confederations Cup qualification matches also featured Akwa United from Nigeria who lost at home to Banjul Hawks of Gambia.

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