Asante Kotoko eliminated from CAF Champions League by Rail Club du Kadiogo

Kumasi Asante Kotoko has been eliminated from the 2022/23 CAF Champions League by Burkinabe side Rail Club du Kadiogo in the first preliminary round.

The Porcupine Warriors lost 3-1 on penalties on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium after the tie ended 1-1 on aggregate.

The Ghanaian champions lost the return fixture 1-0 after the Porcupine Warriors won the first leg by the same score line away in Benin a week ago.

Kadiogo took the lead in Kumasi just 15 minutes into the game through Dramane Kambou and went into the break ahead.

Asante Kotoko came into the second-half searching for the equalizer but to no available.

Kadiogo held on to win 1-0 and the two teams headed to a penalty shoot-out to decide who progresses to the second preliminary round.

Yussif Mubarik scored the first penalty of the shootout while Solomon Sarfo-Taylor, Nicholas Osei Bonsu, and Enoch Morrison missed the subsequent ones for Asante Kotoko.

Kadiogo went on to win 3-1 to progress to the second preliminary round.

Seydou Zerbo’s side will now have to turn their attention to the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League after failing to go past the first round in Africa.