Ghana Premier League (GPL) giants Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been declared 2-0 winners of the second leg of their Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League preliminary round game against Ligue 1 Mauritania champions FC Nouadhibou.
The match which was set to take place on Sunday 6th December 2020 at the Accra Sports Stadium was called off after the Mauritanian side failed to raise a team for the match against the Porcupine Warriors after two of their players tested positive COVID-19 for the second time.
The match was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th December 2020 but had to be postponed due to the two FC Noadhibou players testing positive for COVID-19. The Mauritanians would, however, challenge the test results and would request for a second test to authenticate it.
This meant that FC Nouadhibou was left with 14 of their initial 16 players who travelled for the fixture, falling foul of a rule which states that only a team with more than 14 players can start a match.
The Match Commissioner, would after hours of deliberation walk the Porcupine Warriors onto the pitch to be officially declared winners.
Kotoko was held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their game against Le Club Orange at the Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya in Nouakchott, Mauritania on Sunday 29th September 2020.
The Ghana giants, therefore, qualify to the next round with a 3:1 aggregate score and will face Al Hilal SFC of Sudan who got past Ugandan outfit Vipers SC.