Kumasi Asante Kotoko have a huge task at hand as they welcome Tunisian giants and Old foes, Etoile du Sahel to the Kumasi Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s reward after that emphatic win over Kano Pillars some few weeks ago at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium is a showdown versus Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.
A 2-0 win in Kumasi was enough for the porcupine warriors but this time, Kotoko will have in mind that they need to produce an even better performance and take a commanding and resounding victory to Tunisia in two weeks time.
Since the win against Pillars, they have sine lost to Ashgold in a friendly 2 weeks ago.
Kotoko’s major weapon is going forward and with the absence of striker Naby Keita , who is out through suspension, they face a huge task at hand.
However, they have the full complement of their squad to call on, with only Maxwell Baakoh the long term absentee.
Veterans Augustine Okrah and Jordan Opoku make a return to a team fighting to reach the CAF Champions League group stages for the first time since 2006.
Etoile du Sahel, however are without 5 key players which includes their first choice goalkeeper.
The Tunisian come into this game not in their best form, having lost 3 of their last 5 games including the last away game in the qualifiers.
Also, they have been eliminated from both the Tunisian Cup and the Arab Club Champions Cup. Their only win in this poor run of form however, was a 7-1 home win to over turn a 2-1 first leg defeat to Hafia stars.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko might be the team in form but having all this in mind and also buoyed by the fact that Etoile haven’t lost to Kotoko in their last 4 meetings, the Tunisian club will cling onto that straw in an attempt to upset the lads in Kumasi.