For the first time in a decade, the Porcupine Warriors have gone past two rounds in the competition, however, they face a huge task against Coton Sport, who are hoping to make amends for their elimination from the Caf Champions League.
Coach Bertin Ebwelle Ndingue of The Cottoners believes they could score two or three goals and prevent Kotoko from claiming an away goal in order to make life much easier in the return leg in Kumasi next weekend.
Obviously, Sunday's fixture could be of two halves as Kotoko will likely sit deep in the first half and try to sustain the attacks of Coton Sport before they open up for a priceless away goal after the break.
|Game||Coton Sport v Asante Kotoko|
|Date||Sunday, January 13|
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The good news for the hosts is that they have a full house to pick from for their final 18 players after goalkeeper Sabirou Bassa-Djeri has been declared fit following initial reports of an ankle injury.
Captain Kamilou Daouda is also fit to start the game and the 31-year-old has assured the supporters of a victory and a goal from him.
Coton Sport probable XI: Bassa-Djeri, Anduolo, Ndassl, Ndongo Foe, Bawak Etta, Seko, Atangana, Nah, Malkano, Elimbi, Daouda(c)
Kwame Conte Bonsu, Stephen Nyarko, Abass Mohammed and Prince Acquah will be hoping to make their debut in the competition. Abdul Fataw Safiu has been passed fit and would be searching for his second goal of the competition after scoring the match-winner against Sharks a fortnight ago.
Kotoko probable XI: Annan, Sefa, Frimpong, Agyemang-Badu, Wahab, Bonsu, Gyamfi, Senanu, Yacouba, Safiu, Baakoh
Coton Sport conceded a goal in each of the home games played in the Caf Champions League this season, against ASFB and Ismaily. Asante Kotoko could take advantage of that as well.
However, The Cottoners scored at least two goals in the above games, Kotoko are forewarned.
This will be the first time the two sides are meeting in any competition but Coton Sport are not new to Ghanaian clubs. They have previously played against Hearts of Oak and Berekum Chelsea in the Caf Champions League. In 2012, they shared the spoils goalless in Ghana against Chelsea before winning 2-1 in the reverse fixture to progress to the next stage of the competition.
No Cameroonian club has been able to eliminate Kotoko in a Caf inter-club competition in the last two decades.