Aduana Stars got their Caf Confederation Cup group stage campaign off to a disappointing start following a 1-0 away defeat to Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas on Sunday.
Amed Toure scored the lone goal to leave the Ghanaians crestfallen in the Group A fixture at Stade Felix Houphouet Boigny.
For their starting XI, Aduana coach Yusif Abubakar went for experience in attack as he picked 30-year-old Yahaya Mohammed and 28-year-old Nathaniel Asamoah to lead the goal hunt.
Interestingly, ASEC's forward line featured two men who only last season plied their trade in Ghana.
Former Asante Kotoko and Bechem United dangerman Amed Toure led the home side's attack which also starred Komlan Agbegniadan formerly of Wafa.
As anticipated, ASEC started on the front foot. All was going well until the 16th minute when Hamed Herve Diomande had to be replaced by Jean Morel Poe due to injury.
Wonlo Coulibaly saw a shot parried away by visiting goalkeeper Joseph Addo, who again did well to collect Kouame Alphonse Yao's header from a corner.
Aduana had a huge scare after 30 minutes as Coulibaly almost found the opener but for Caleb Amankwah's goal-line clearance.
In the 38th minute, the home side finally went 1-0 up as Toure rose high to head home a Christian Alex Angbandji cross.
The Fire Boys' first real knock at goal came on 42 minutes when Zakaria Mumuni tested goalkeeper Abdoul Karim Cisse with a shot.
Although ASEC were still on top after recess, Aduana mounted a stronger challenge this time around.
Justice Anane tried his luck with a long-range effort, which was coolly handled by goalkeeper Cisse.
Three minutes later, Asamoah had his turn in the goal hunt but he was without any luck.
The home side could, however, have made it 2-0 in the 70th minute but Toure spurned a glorious opportunity to double the score.