Asante Kotoko coach Paa Kwesi Fabin is 'very proud' of his team's performance against Tanzanian side Simba FC in a ceremonial game that ended in a 1-1 stalemate in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.
The Porcupine Warriors headed into the game on the back of two months without any major game action following the ongoing suspension of football in Ghana.
Obed Owusu put Kotoko in front by the 44th minute after tapping in a rebound from Michael Donkor's shot before Emmanuel Okwi equalised for the hosts on 77th minute.
Goalkeeper Felix Annan saved a crucial penalty by the 84th minute to save Kotoko from losing the game.
"It was a nice game for the two clubs and I'm very proud with the superb performance of the players despite the situation we find ourselves in currently back home," Fabin said.
"We started the game very well and I was impressed with how the players conducted themselves on the pitch. Although we almost lost it in the second half but our goals saved the situation.
"Simba have a good team and I think they will admit that we gave them a tough battle in front of their supporters and that will help them in their preparations for the new season in Tanzania," he added.