Kumasi Asante Kotoko stumbled in their bid to make it to the next round of the CAF Champions League when they lost 0-1 to Al Hilal Omdurman on Wednesday afternoon at the Accra Sports Stadium.
After a goalless first half, Al Hilal scored the only goal of the match in the 77th minute after a beautiful team move.
Kotoko were far from promising in their entire play and so it was not surprising the Sudanese based side took a huge step towards qualifying ahead of the return leg in Sudan on Tuesday 5th January, 2020.
Al Hilal will host Kotoko in the return leg to find out which side qualifies to the next stage of the competition.
The Sudanese are not new to Kotoko as the two teams clashed in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup.
Al Hilal edged Kotoko with a 2-1 aggregate scoreline after beating them 1-0 in Sudan and drawing 1-1 in Kumasi.
Kotoko went into the game with three wins from their last five games with a draw and a defeat each.
Al Hilal also have the same record with three wins, one draw and one defeat in their last five matches.