Coach CK Akunnor made two changes in his starting line-up as Songna Yacouba and Abdul Fatawu Safiu replaced Naby Keita Laby and Martin Antwi.
Yacouba was starting his first game since returning from a lengthy injury. The Burkinabe forward came on as a second half substitute in the team’s 0-0 stalemate in the first leg.
Fatawu on the other hand walked straight into the starting team having missed the game in Nairobi.
The back four of Amos Frimpong, Augustine Sefa, Agyemang Badu and Abdul Ganiyiu all kept their places in the team.
CK Akunnor also maintained Richard Senanu and Jordan Opoku as his two central midfielders with Emmanuel Gyamfi and Maxwell Baakoh operating from the wings.
Kotoko got off to a good start bobbling the ball around in the earliest stages of the game with Maxwell Baakoh making the first incursion at goal in the 8th minute when his strike missed the post narrowly.
The visitors however showed some good intension upfront when Vincent Wasambo’s header went off target after receiving a cross from Michael Bodo.
Abdul Fatawu Safiu broke the deadlock for Kotoko in the 17th minute when he sent a low shot into the bottom of the post having got his way past Sharks defender Georfrey Lemo.
The Babayara Stadium went silent after Katila Omoto scored a screamer from the edge of the box in the 29th minute. The midfielder struck from 20 yards, just moment after the center referee had ignored a penalty shout from Kotoko.
The visitors will however commit themselves once again when Nixon Omondi fouled Songna Yacouba in the box. Captain Amos Frimpong made justice with his kick by sending the Sharks goalkeeper the wrong way to put Kotoko back into the lead after 38minutes.
Kariobangi Sharks with an attempt to get the equalizer made an early change by throwing in Sven Yidah for Henry Juma.
Kotoko on the other hand will introduce Umar Bashiru who came on to replace Jordan Opoku.
Songna Yacouba could have got a cushion goal for Kotoko when he failed to connect Emmanuel Gyamfi’s cross in the 68th minute.
Sharks looked to have turnaround the game as they piled pressure for the equalizer but would be stopped by a tough Kotoko defense.
Kwame Boahene came on to replace Maxwell Baakoh who looked quiet on the day as Coach CK Akunnor tried to sharpen his front line.
Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan kept his side in the game when he parried away a dangerous ball that looked to be heading into the net.
Ugandan referee Ssali however brought proceedings to an end after both teams exhausted the 3minutes of added time.
Kotoko thus advance to the playoff round on a 2-1 aggregate score where they will be facing a team from the CAF Champions League.
By Frank Darkwah