By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon
1970 and 1983 winners Asante Kotoko of Kumasi Ghana will take on 2007 champions and 2004 and 2005 runners-up Etoile Sportive du Sahel from Tunisia on Sunday September 15, 2019 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
The Ghanaian outfit are making their 26th appearance in the competition but have not progressed to the group stage since they lastly did so in 2006.
Asante Kotoko overcame Kano Pillars of Nigeria 4-3 on aggregate to book their place in the final qualifying round.
Etoile reached this stage after securing a sound 8-3 aggregate win over three time CAF Champions League winners Hafia of Conakry.
The Porcupine Warriors are a record 24 times Ghanaian league and 9 times Ghanaian cup winners.
Kotoko have been in fine form ahead of the game, winning three of their last five matches, drawing one and losing one.
Kjetil Zachariassen’s men were excellent against Kano Pillars, recording a 2-0 win after losing the first leg 3-2.
Their fans will be hoping for a similar or better performance from their team this Sunday.
They will be facing another experienced campaigner in the African club competitions.
However, Fawzi Benzarti’s men are currently going through a blip, winning only one of their last five competitive games, drawing one and losing three.
Etoile are unbeaten against the Asante Kotoko in their last four matches (W2 D2), they will try to maintain their superiority over their Ghanaian rivals.
Benzarti will be traveling to Ghana without shot-stopper Walid Kreidan who had an abdominal muscle surgery in July and has not fully recovered.
The 2007 CAF Champions League winners are in their 12th campaign in the competition and have never been pushovers. They have won the Tunisian league 10 times and also won 10 domestic cups. They also have CAF Confederations Cup titles.
This is another mouth watering tie between two former champions and regular campaigners in the competition. The difference is going to be made through the fine details.
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