Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s nightmare in its preseason in Sudan continues on Sunday evening after suffering another heavy defeat at the hands of Tanzanian side, Simba SC in their third friendly match.
Simba SC came from behind to hammer the porcupine warriors on a 4-2 scoreline at the Al Hilal Stadium to deepen their preseason woes outskirt the shores of Ghana.
The victory leaves the reds on a third straight winless streak in its preseason tour in Sudan following their back-to-back defeats against Sudanese outfit, Al Hilal by 2-0 and 5-0 scorelines respectively.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko who went into the game to redeem their image on the back of two straight defeats took the lead in the 9th minute through Ugandan International Steven Mukwala.
Simba SC responded with two quick goals in the 19th and 25th minutes respectively through former Bechem United attacker Augustine Okrah and Senegalese Pape Ousmane Sakho.
A few minutes later, Clatous Chama converted a penalty to extend the lead for the Tanzanian giant after Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Moise Pouatey had fouled Moses Phiri of Simba SC in the penalty area.
Ten minutes into the second half, Clatous Chama snatched the winner and his second goal of the night to make it four for the East African side.
Steven Amankona reduced the deficit for the Ghanaian champions with a penalty 12 minutes to full time to end the game 4-2 in Simba SC’s favour.
It is also the third defeat for the newly hired Burkina Faso coach Seydou Zerbo, who was appointed Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach after the departure of Prosper Ogum Nartey.
The Kumai-based team has one more friendly match to play on Tuesday to wrap up their preseason campaign in Sudan before returning to Ghana.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko will officially open their 2022/23 football season with their CAF Champions League preliminary round tie against Burkinabe champions RC Kadiogo in Abidjan.
They will then return home to face newly promoted side Nsoatreaman FC in the Betpawa Ghana Premier League at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.