Reds stumble in Etoile draw

13 years ago

Kumasi Asante Kotoko's Confederations Cup hopes was left hanging after Etoile du Sahel forced a 2-2 draw at the Baba Yara Stadium.

In a group where every match has been won by the home team so far, the result from Kumasi gives Etoile a major boost ahead of the last round of matches as Kotoko would have to win away.

However, Saturday's game was without some appalling scenes with the game witnessing two separate hold ups.

The home fans, Africa's top referee Coffie Codjia and the Etoile players all got involved in the incidents.

Kotoko jumped into the lead four minutes into the when an Eric Bekoe free kick was diverted in by Kwabena Yaro.

But their opponents drew level after 60 minutes after Slim Jedaied shot the ball under Soulama Abdoulaye.

The day's problems started after referee Codjia awarded Kotoko a penalty in the second half which drew the fury of the Tunisians as Etoile's captain and goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi shoved the referee around.

Etoile players had a confrontation with local police officers who has moved in to restore order after the Tunisians claimed to have been manhandled.

Despite the heated exchanges, Bekoe kept his cool to slot in as Kotoko went up 2-1.

With seven minutes to end the tie, referee Codjia awarded Etoile a penalty and Nafkha Ali scored from the spot kick to bring the game to 2-2.

Two minutes after the equaliser, Etoile had Mohammed Sacko sent off and he refused to leave the field.

Sacko left only to return back, claiming to have been hit in the face in the tunnel on the way to the dressing room.

And it led to another five minute hold up. When play resumed, the fans joined in the fray, throwing sachets water onto the field.

The top placed clubs in each group after the round-robin will engage each other in a two-legged final.