Asante Kotoko SC was held at home by Al Hilal Omdurman to a 1-1 stalemate at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday which put a dent on their chances of making it to the quarter-finals.
Asante Kotoko tried to attack deep as they’ve done against their opponents in this year’s competition in the early exchanges but All Hilal remained resolute to repel all attacks from the home side.
They found the net on the 32nd minute through Waleed Hamid who connected to a pull out that went past all Kotoko defenders to send Al Hilal 1-0 up just after the half-hour mark.
Akonnor reintroduced skipper Amos Frimpong into the line up while Emmanuel Gyamfi recovered from injury to play.
Gyamfi could have garnered the opener for the Fabulous Club but he could not convert his chances.
Abdul Fatawu Safiu rattled the crossbar on the hour mark as Kotoko pressed to get the equaliser.
The 27-time Sudan Premier League champions managed the tempo of the game as Akonnor continued to switch his system around, playing three back in the last 10 minutes of the game.
A section of the Kotoko fans at the Green stands expressed their displeasure at refereeing by flying missiles unto the playing third.
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu burst forward in an explosive move to set up Emmanuel Gyamfi who weighed in a cross for Songne Yacouba to head home for the equaliser.