CAF Confederations Cup

Naby Keita Goal Saves Kotoko Blushes Against San Pedro FC


A 95th-minute penalty goal by substitute Naby Keita saw Asante Kotoko pick all three points against a very tactically disciplined San Pedro FC side in the CAF Confederations Cup Playoff match played at the Kumasi Baba Yara stadium.

The game which was scheduled for Sunday 27th October saw only the first half being completed as it was postponed to Monday due to the soggy nature of the pitch after a heavy downpour during and after the first half.

With all to play for in the second half on Monday, both teams went into the game with high hopes, especially the home side who mounted pressure on visitors but couldn’t break the deadlock.

The likes of Songne Yacouba, Richard Arthur and Emmanuel Gyamfi kept the San Pedro FC goalmouth boiling, but the defense kept them at bay.

Naby Keita taking the penalty that earned Kokotoko the vital win on Monday

In the few times that they managed to breach the San Pedro defense, goalkeeper Ira Tape kept them in the game with some brilliant saves.

Six minutes of added time saw the home side throw more men forward in a bid to get the much-needed winning goal and they had their wish in the 94th minute after captain Ngoran Kouassi fouled Kotoko striker Yacouba Songne in the San Pedro penalty box.

Substitute Naby Kieta elected himself to take the kick and he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to get the opener.

A few seconds after, the centre referee blew his whistle for the end of the game.

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