Ghana’s sole representatives in the 2016 Caf Champions League, Ashanti Gold have been bundled out of the competition following a 3-1 defeat to Algerian side MO Bejaia on Sunday.
Goals from Hudu Yakubu (own goal), Khadir Sofiane and Hamzaoui Okacha at the Unite Maghrebine Stadium made useless an Emmanuel Osei Carlos consolation, as the North Africans run out 3-2 victors on aggregate. The first leg ended in a 1-0 triumph for the Miners in Ghana.
Coach Bashir Hayford replaced Robert Dabuo with Black Stars goalkeeper Fatau Dauda in his matchday XI, although it was the former who manned the post in the first leg, while brothers Fuseini Nuhu and Alhassan Nuhu started for the first time in the competition.
Right from kick-off, the Algerians were clearly on a mission to score as soon as possible, and finally broke the deadlock on 12 minutes when Hudu Yakubu deflected a ball into his own net.
The Miners, however, drew level before the break through Emmanuel Osei Carlos in the 41st minute, lifting their hopes of qualification, temporarily.
Back from recess, an energized Bejaia side took the lead once more, this time Khadir Sofiane capitalizing on Baffuor’s error to put his side up 2-1 on 58 minutes.
Issues compounded for the Miners four minutes later when Hamzaoui Okacha bent an effort from a corner kick to score the Crabs’ third goal of the night.
Bejaia will face in the first round Tunisian outfit Club Africain, who overcame Ivorian side AS Tanda 2-0 on aggregate.
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