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09/15/2019
2019-20 CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW: KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO (GHANA) VS ETOILE SPORTIVE DU SAHEL (TUNISIA).
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BY ISAAC AMPONSAH (DR IKE) AND BRIGHT YEBOAH TAYLOR (BYT).

* Head-to-Head since 2008.
* The two teams have met twice in 2008 Caf Confederations Cup Group stage.
Etoile du Sahel won the first game by two goals to one and the second game in Ghana ended two-all.

* Head-to-Head between Ghanaian Clubs and Tunisian Clubs since 1990.
Total matches played  - 24
Ghanaian Clubs wins  - 12
Goals scored                - 34
Tunisian Clubs wins     - 8
Goals scored                 - 30
Drawn games                 - 4

* Head-to-Head on Ghanaian soil.
Total matches played - 12
Ghanaian Clubs wins  - 10
Goals scored                - 26
Goals conceded           - 12
Drawn games               - 2

Asante Kotoko Head-to-Head against Tunisian opponents in Ghana. 

* 2006 Caf Champions League (Group stage) [Week 1]
Saturday, 29th July, 2006
At Obuasi
Asante Kotoko 4-2 CS Sfaxien 

* 2008 Caf Confederations Cup (Group Stage) [Week 5]
Saturday, 4th October, 2006
Asante Kotoko 2-2 Etoile du Sahel.

* Etoile du Sahel vs Ghanaian teams Head-to-Head in Ghana.
Total matches played - 6
Ghana clubs wins        - 4
Goals scored                - 11
Etoile du Sahel win      - 0
Goals scored                - 7
Drawn games               - 2

* 1997 Cup Winners Cup (2nd round)
4th May, 1997
Hearts of Oak 2-2 Etoile du Sahel
Desmond Amoah and Owusu Afriyie 'Bayie' scored Hearts goals. It was Beya Zoubeir of Etoile who scored first in the 9th minute.

* 1998 CAF Champions League (Group stage)
25th October, 1998
Hearts of Oak 3-2 Etoile du Sahel
Joe Fameyeh and Kenneth Sarpong's two goals win the day for Hearts. It was Santos Du Silva who scored first for Etoile on 52nd minutes. All the five goals came in the 2nd half.

* 2004 CAF Champions League (1/8th stage)
1st Leg
16th May, 2004
Hearts of Oak 1-0 Etoile du Sahel 
Francis Bossman 

* 2006 CAF Champions League (1/8th stage)
22nd April, 2006
1st Leg
At Obuasi 
Hearts Of Oak 1-0 Etoile du Sahel
Reuben Senyo 

* 2008 CAF Confederations Cup Group stage (week 5)
4th October, 2008
Asante Kotoko 2-2 Etoile du Sahel
Kwabena Yaro and Eric Bekoe (pen) scored the Kotoko goals.

* 2011 CAF Confederations Cup (1st round)
2nd Leg
3rd April, 2011
AshantiGold 2-1 Etoile du Sahel
Theophilus Annobah scored all the two goals for AshantiGold. Lamjed Chehoudi scored first for Etoile on the 60th minute.

Note: No team from Ghana has defeated Etoile du Sahel by two goal margin.

* THE FIRST NORTH AFRICAN CLUB TO PLAY AGAINST A GHANAIAN CLUB.

* That was Ismaily from Egypt. They came to Ghana in 1969 and played against Asante Kotoko on 19th November, 1969
They drew 2-2 in Kumasi and won 3-2 in Egypt. It was a Semi-final of the 1969 CAF Champions League.

Let's look at North African Clubs winning on Ghanaian Soil since 1969 in CAF Inter-Club competitions

NOTE: North African Clubs have won six (6) times on Ghanaian soil in the CAF Inter-Club competitions since 1969.

LETS SEE:
* The first club from North Africa to beat a Ghanaian club at home came in 1982 in a Cup winners Cup. 
1982 Cup Winners Cup (Semi-finals) 
Hearts of Oak 1-2 Arab Contractors (Egypt)

* 1998 Cup Winners Cup
26th April, 1998
Ghapoha 0-1 USM Alger (Algeria)

* 2000 CAF Cup (Quarter-Final)
2nd leg
20th August, 2000
Ebusua Dwarfs 0-2 Ismailia (Egypt)
Scorers: Reda Nady 31, Ibrahim Hamam 57
NB: Referee Coffie Codjia Bonaventure from Benin shown Dwarfs defender, Patrick Villars Red card.

* 2005 CAF Confederations Cup (Group Stage)
21st August, 2005 
King Faisal 1-2 Far Rabat of Morocco
scorer for Faisal: Abubakar Yahuzar
Scorers for FAR Rabat: Mohammed Elfaddio and Iddrissi Kaddio

* 2015 Caf Champions League
5th April, 2015 [Easter sunday]
Asante Kotoko 1-2 MC El Eulma 
Kotoko scored first through Obed Owusu

* 2017 Caf Champions League
12th February, 2017
Wa All Stars 1-3 Al-Ahli Tripoli 

NB: Asante Kotoko have lost at Home ONCE against teams based in North Africa in the CAF Inter-Club competitions, that was in the 2015 CAF Champions League on 5th April, 2015 (Easter Sunday) Asante Kotoko 1-2 MC EL Eulma.

* Asante Kotoko have lost just ONCE at Home in the Caf Inter Club game in the month of SEPTEMBER 

List of September home matches

* 1966 Champions League (Quarter-Finals)
18th September, 1966
Asante Kotoko 0-1 Stade Abidjan
Joseph Bleziri scored the match-winner.

* 1969 Champions League (2nd round)
28th September, 1969
Asante Kotoko 5-1 Patronage Saint Anne 

* 1973 Champions League (Quarter-finals)
16th September, 1973
Asante Kotoko 2-0 Kabwe Warriors

* 1982 Champions League
12th September, 1982
Asante Kotoko 6-0 Kampala City Council

* 1983 Champions League (Quarter-Final) 
11th September, 1983
Asante Kotoko 3-0 AS Bilima 

* 1985 Cup Winners Cup (Quarter-Finals)
8th September, 1985
Asante Kotoko 2-0 AFC Leopards 

* 1987 Champions League (Quarter-Final)
20th September, 1987
Kotoko 5-1 Zamalek 

* 1990 Champions League (Quarter-Finals) 
23rd September, 1990
Asante Kotoko 2-1 Al Hilal 

* 1993 Champions League (Quarter-Finals) 
19th September, 1993
Asante Kotoko 3-0 Nkana Red Devils

* 2002 Cup Winners Cup (Quarter-Finals)
1st September, 2002
Asante Kotoko 3-0 Ghazi Al Mahala 

* 2004 Caf Confederations Cup (Group stage) [week 3]
25th September, 2004
Asante Kotoko 2-1 Petro Athletico  

* 2006 Champions League (Group Stage) (Week 5)
9th September, 2006
Asante Kotoko 2-1 JSK

* 2008 Confederations Cup (Group stage) [week 3]
13th September, 2008
Asante Kotoko 3-1 JSK

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