Asante Kotoko suffered a setback in their quest to qualify to the group stage of the 2020/21 CAF Confederations Cup after losing 1-2 at home to ES Setif on Sunday.
The Porcupine Warriors saw a second-half opener cancelled out by the Algerians before they continued to find the winning goal at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Kotoko began the game on the front foot and could have gone ahead in the 19th minute as Naby Keita could only steer his header wide the post.
Moments later, the Porcupine Warriors recorded this first shot on target as Fabia Gama’s effort went straight into the hands of the ES Setif goalkeeper.
The goalkeeper was on hand yet again to deny Kwame Opoku from scoring with some good reflexes with five minutes to end the half.
Setif did just about enough to keep the marauding Kotoko attack at bay to end the half with the score tied goalless.
Back from recess, the host continued to surge more men forward with Fabio Gama, Emmanuel Sarkodie and Kwame Opoku keeping the Setif defence busy.
Kotoko finally earned their breakthrough as Kwame Opoku scored in the 69th minute to put his side ahead with a very well-worked goal.
However, the goal was short-lived as Mohammed Amoura drew parity for the visitors who looked bent on picking a good result.
Like that wasn’t enough, ES Setif pushed to get their winner 8 minutes later. This time it was Kendouci Mohammed who scored from a sweet counter-attacking play by the Algerian giants.
With barely five minutes on the clock, Kotoko was awarded a penalty after an ES Setif defender was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.
Naby Keita took responsibility for the resulting penalty only to see his effort palmed away by the Setif Goalkeeper to end the game 1-2 advantage Setif.