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[Ghana] CAFCL Match Preview: Kotoko Vs Kano Pillars

Asante Kotoko would host Nigeria’s Kano Pillars on Sunday in the second leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round.

The first leg was an interesting game as the game recorded 5 goals. 3 in favour of Pillars and the two for Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

The Porcupine Warriors have two important away goals that would motivate them to eliminate pillars. The Kumasi based club also are unbeaten in their last five home games in Africa.

The victor at the end of the crunchy clash would face Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia or Hafia FC of Guinea.

KICKOFF TIME
The game would kickoff exactly 15:00GMT at the Baba Yara sports stadium in Kumasi.

RECENT FORM

In their last five encounters, Kotoko has lost one and won three of which two were won through penalty shootouts.

Kano Pillars have won four matches and drew one in their last five competitive games. Winning 2-0 over Eyimba FC in the championship round is one of their notable wins in recent times.

TEAM NEWS
Augustine Okrah would miss the second leg encounter after the club failed to complete his registration. Abdul Ganiu is also sidelined due to injury.

David Ebuka, Adamu Hassan, Sunday Chinedu and Ali Malam would also miss the game for Kano Pillars due to late paper work.

WHAT THE COACHES HAVE TO SAY.

“We did our best in the first game and I still believe that we should have picked up at least a point.

We have been very serious in training since we returned and the players are responding to the tactics”- Coach Kjetil Zachariassen (Head Coach, Asante Kotoko)

“I will come to Ghana and play good football to qualify. We conceded two set-piece goals against Kotoko and we are working on them before we come to Ghana”- Ibrahim Musa (Head Coach, Kano Pillars)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

Kano Pillars are yet to make it past the first round since their semi-final finish in 2009.

Although Kotoko were in the group stage of CAF Confederation Cup last year, there would be hoping to reach the CAF Champions League group stage since 2006.

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