Ghana’s Asante Kotoko will have to wait another season to break their champions league jinx after been knocked out of the CAF Champions League on Sunday.
It looked like a good opportunity for the Porcupine Warriors to end their 13year wait to make it to the group stage of the CAF Top-tier club competition but Etoile Sportive Du Sahel had other plans, as they beat the visitors 3-0 in Tunisia.
The host took the lead in the 20th minute as Mortadha Ben Ouanes converted from the penalty spot to put Etoile 1-0 up.
The home side added a second 17 minutes later but was correctly ruled out for offside to end the half 1-0.
Both teams returned from recess looking to establish dominance in the game but it was Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan who was called to action to push out an Etoile free kick in 9 minutes after the break.
Minutes later, there was a moment of scare for Kotoko as Felix Annan needed medical attention after crushing with an Etoile player.
The game remained balanced with both sides struggling to create goal-scoring opportunities.
Etoile scored their second of the evening in the 66th minute to peg the tie at 2-2 on aggregate. Karim Aribi was the goalscorer for the Tunisians who pressed in search for the third.
Kotoko began to grow more tired legs, losing more possession to the Tunisian who were relying on crosses into the box.
The Ghanaian champions were presented what should be a match-defining moment only for an Etoile player to pull down Richard Arthur who has been sent through on goal.
The foul attracted a red card for the Tunisians who will have to finish the game with 10 men.
With five minutes to end proceedings, Etoile’s Karim Aribi scored his second of the evening to send his side through to the group stages on a 3-2 aggregate.
The results meant Kotoko will have to wait another year to have any chance of ending the over-a-decade wait to enter the group stage of the Caf champions league.