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Ghana: CAF Champions League Prelims… Kotoko Face Kadiogo Today

Reigning Ghana Premier League (GPL) champions, Asante Kotoko, will be making a return to the continent’s 2022/23 CAF Inter-Club Champions League competition after missing out to arch-rivals Hearts of Oak last season.

The Porcupine Warriors will kick-start their campaign against Burkinabe champions, Rail Club du Kadiogo, in the preliminary first leg clash this afternoon at the General Mathieu Kerekou Friendship Stadium in Cotonou, Benin, instead of playing in front of their pet crowd.

This followed Kadiogo’s failure to meet CAF requirements.

Kadiogo were supposed to have hosted Kotoko at the Stade de Kadiogo in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, but their venue failed to meet CAF’s requirement, hence an initial shift of venue to Cote d’Ivoire. But the Ivorians also said their stadium was under renovation, forcing the Burkinabe side to opt for Benin.

Kotoko had a disastrous pre-season in Sudan, losing all three games to Simba SC and two to Al Hilal, but would put that behind them and give a good account of themselves ahead of the new GPL campaign.

Much will be expected from new Burkinabe gaffer, Seydou Zerbo, who replaced the departed Propser Narteh Ogum, weeks ago.

The tactician is expected to capitalise on his vast experience, having handled a few clubs in the Burkinabe top-flight, with the most recent one being the CHAN team of Burkinabe.

However, that might not come on a silver platter for Seydou who will need more time to build a formidable Kotoko team with a good number of the players being new acquisitions.