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Soccer News Fri, 7 Jan 2005

Kotoko favored to win African club cup

Asante Kotoko are favourites to overcome long-standing rivals Hearts of Oak in the second leg of the African Confederation Cup final on Sunday after a 1-1 away draw in last week's first leg.

Hearts' Louis Agyeman equalised with virtually the last kick of the match in Accra last Sunday after Michael Osei had given the Kumasi-based Kotoko the lead just after the hour mark.

"We should have scored a second goal to seal the game but I am not disappointed because we are taking an away goal into the second leg," said Kotoko coach Hans-Dieter Schmidt. I'm sure now that we have a big chance to win the Confederation Cup."

The tie had been postponed from last month because of presidential elections in the west African country.

The Cup is a new competition, combining the old African Cup Winners' Cup and CAF Cup. The final is the first between teams from the same country in a continental club competition.


Kotoko last won a continental title when they won the African Champions Cup in 1983, while Hearts of Oak were African Champions League winners in 2000.

African Confederation Cup leading goal scorers

List of leading goal scorers in this year's African Confederation Cup before Sunday's second leg of the final:

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5-Christopher Katongo (Green Buffaloes, Zambia)


4-Flavio (Petro Atletico, Angola), Herman Dzunafo, Bernard Ngom (Sable de Batie, Cameroon), Eric Gawu (King Faisal Babes, Ghana), Abou Ahmed Saad (Al Nasr, Libya), Francky Randrianoloniaina (Leopards Transfoot, Madagascar),

Source: Reuters
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