On 11 December 1983 (Exactly 35 years ago) Kumasi Asante Kotoko defeated Al Ahly of Egypt by a lone goal to clinch the Africa Clubs Champions Cup.
Kotoko had drawn the first leg by goalless and thus won 1-0 on aggregate.
Sunday, 12 December 1982 at the Kumasi Sports stadium, and Sunday, 11 December 1983 at the same venue show two contrasting scenes. Indeed no two scenes can be so dissimilar.
Sunday, 12 December 1982, a sullen, ill-tempered crowd streaking out of the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Asante Kotoko had failed to lift the Africa Cup of Champions Clubs trophy, losing to Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
Sunday, December 11, 1983, a hysterically jubilant crowd singing to the praises of the Almighty God and to the gods of Ghana.
But it happened, An intelligent cross was not within the reach of three Egyptian defenders rushing back to defend but then striker Opoku Nti who had an unusual passive performance showed the extent to which the champions still rely on him for goal scoring by stretching and shooting past goalkeeper Thabet El –Batal.
Kotoko won their first Africa Clubs Champions Cup in 1970 and added that of 1983. To date, Kotoko has not been able to repeat this feat again.
Kotoko Line-up: Joe Carr, Ernest Apau, Kwasi Appiah, Seth Ampadu, Addai Kyenkyenhene, Yahya Kasimu, John Bannerman, Papa Arko(Cap), Ebo Mends, Opoku Nti, Isaac Afranie
Subs: Albert Asaase, Francis Agyemang, Akye Erzuah, Ahmed Rockson, Karim Abdul Zito, Akwetey Quaye (JoeTex).
Coach: Ibrahim Sunday
Team Manager/ Assistant coach: Malik Jabir.
Masseur: Omono Asamoah
Chairman: Yaw Bawuah
Chairman of African Cup Planning Committee: Assad Mallah
Al Ahly Line-Up: Thabet El-Batal / Hossam El-Badry / Maher Hammam / Mahmoud Saleh / Osama Orabi / Mohamed Amer / Magdi Abdel Ghani / Taher Abouzaid / Moustafa Abdou / Mahmoud El-Khateeb / Zakaria Nasef / Khaled Gadallah.