Asante Kotoko bow out of Africa, Hearts of Oak remains Ghana’s only hope

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Ghana Premier League holders Asante Kotoko have been kicked out of the 2022/23 CAF Champions League after losing to Burkinabe side Racing Club de Kadiogo in the Preliminary round.

The Porcupine Warriors lost the contest 3-1 on penalty shootouts after a 1-1 aggregate draw. Asante Kotoko had won the first leg 1-0 in the away encounter but failed to capitalize on that in front of their vociferous and boisterous fans as they lost by similar result after 90 minutes.

A repeat of what transpired in the First round of the 1979 Cup Winners’ Cup against similar opposition.

The results means the Ghana Premier League holders have bowed out of the CAF Champions League and will have no second chance in the Confederations Cup considering their exit came in the Preliminary round.

The result also means that Hearts of Oak will be Ghana’s only representative in Africa this year. Hearts of Oak are amongst 13 clubs exempted from the Preliminary round of the CAF Confederations Cup.

The Phobians will however face the winner of the clash between AS Douanes of Burkina Faso and ASR Bamako of Mali in the First round of the qualifiers.

The first leg of the clash between the two teams in Burkina Faso ended scoreless and the return encounter is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20.

The winner of the tie will play Hearts of Oak in the first round clashes with the games scheduled for October, 7-10 and October, 14-17.

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