Asante Kotoko suffered a defeat in their first-leg encounter of the CAF Champions League second round of preliminary stage to Sudanese giants, Al Hilal Omdurman.
They were defeated by a lone goal.
Vinny Bongonga’s cool finish as he tabbed in Mohammed Quatarra’s pass into the penalty box in the second half condemned the two-time champions to their first defeat of the ongoing tournament.
The defeat means the Porcupine Warriors will have to score at least twice or keep a clean sheet in the second leg in Sudan before they can progress to the group stage of the competition.
Kotoko made it to the second round of the qualifiers after they were awarded three points plus two goals over Mauritanian side FC Nouadhibou due to coronavirus cases at the Mauritanian’s camp.
The Sudanese are not new to Kotoko as the two teams clashed in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup.
Al Hilal edged Kotoko with a 2-1 aggregate scoreline after beating them 1-0 in Sudan and drawing 1-1 in Kumasi.
Kotoko will travel to Sudan for the second leg of the encounter on January 5.
Story by: Princeton Kwabena Wiredu | universnewsroom.com