Miners bow out of Africa

16 years ago

AshantiGold have bowed out of the Champions League after failing to overturn a 3-0 first leg away defeat to Algeria's JS Kabylie at the Len Clay Stadium on Sunday.

The Miners might have been counting on home form to see them through to the next stage of the CAF Champions League but they played out a 0-0 game as they failed to reach the third round of the Champions League.

Despite their inability to score at home, AshantiGold’s ambitions of progressing were undone by 15 poor minutes in the first leg when the Algerians took advantage of the inexperience of several members of the squad to take control of the tie.

The goal scoring prowess of AshantiGold that saw them hit six past Sahel FC of Niger certainly deserted them as JSK proved a rather different opposition.

AshantiGold had a goal by Mubarak Wakasu disallowed in the second half for an offside.

Two minutes later, the Miners were awarded a penalty and Wakasu could have put the Miners in the lead with twelve minutes to go on the clock but the midfielder’s spot kick was saved by the JSK goalkeeper.

AshantiGold, the 1997 losing finalists would now have to turn their form in the domestic league round if they are to qualify for the same competition next season.

JS Kabylie, two-time winners of the Champions League when it was known as the Champions Cup showed enough experience on the day to qualify for the group stage of the lucrative competition.