Asante Kotoko face another stern test in the CAF Champions League when they welcome Tunisian giant Etoile Du Sahel on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium.
The Porcupines Warriors eliminated Kano Pillars 4-3 on aggregate in the Preliminary round of the competition, Whist Etoile Du Sahel also skipped past Hafia Club of Guinea 8-3 aggregate.
Asante Kotoko will be looking to reach the group stages of the competition for the first time since 2006.
Kjetil Zachariassen will be relying on the home advantage to get a good scoreline ahead of the second leg in Tunisia.
The Porcupines have won six of the last seven games at home in the CAF inter Club Competition. The only side they failed to beat was Al Hilal of Sudan.
Despite winning only one of their last fives games in all competitions, Fawzi Benzarti’s and his charges will be looking to continue their good run of form against their Ghanaian opponents on Sunday.
The Tunisian are unbeaten against Kotoko in their last four meetings , winning two (2) and drawing the other two (2).
Benzarti will be looking to avoid another first leg defeat after losing to Hafia Club of Guinea
Kjetil Zachariassen will have Augustine Okrah and Jordan Opoku available for selection after they missed both legs against Kano Pillars due to registration issues.
Songne Yacouba will be making his first appearance for the Porcupines against the Tunisian on Sunday.
Habib Mohammed and Kwame Baah are back with the team after helping the National U23 to qualify for the Under AFCON in Egypt.
Ismael Abdul Ganiyu, Maxwell Baakoh and Richard Senanu will miss the game due to their respective injuries.
Etoile Du Sahel will be without shot-stopper Walid Kreidan who underwent an abdominal muscle surgery in July and has not fully recovered from it.
Apart from him, Benzarti has a full squad to select.
Asante Kotoko have failed to beat Etoile du Sahel in their previous four meetings, conceding a total of eight goals and scoring four.
The Porcupines are unbeaten at home in their last 7 games in the CAF Inter Club Competition.
Etoile Du Sahel have lost three of their past five competitive matches (W1 D1 L3). Kotoko have only lost once in their past five competitive matches (W3 D1 L1).
Probable Line up
Asante Kotoko XI
Felix Annan, Empem Dacosta, Patrick Yeboah, Habib Mohammed, Agyemang Badu, Blay, Jordan, Okrah, Gyamfi, Arthur, Yacouba.