The Reds earned an important win in a pulsating second leg tie against Coton Sport FC in Kumasi last Sunday and secured passage into the 'Money Zone' stage of the Confederation Cup for the first time since 2008.
Kotoko progressed to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time since 2008 after beating Cameroonian side Coton Sport 2-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium to complete a 5-3 aggregate victory.
The porcupine warriors have been drawn against Zambian champions Sudanese outfit Al Hilal and Zambian sides Nkana FC, Zesco United in Group C of the 2018/2019 competition.
Former Bechem United striker Abednego Tetteh has stated that the Ghanaian giants would be plying their trade in the lion's den when they play away to Al Hilal of Sudan.
Abednego Tetteh who had a short stint at the Sudanese club has warned that his former club is better than Kotoko and it will take a great performance for Kotoko to overcome them.
"There is no doubt that Kotoko is a bigger club in Ghana but I must say facing AlHilal at Sudan is like entering the lion's den " he told Edmund Osafo Addo on SilverSports midday edition , SportsCenter.
“Having played for Al Hilal, I can say they are better than Asante Kotoko in terms of recent performances in Africa.
“Though I want Kotoko to triumph over them it is not going to be easy,”
Abednego Tetteh called on Kotoko to be wary of the powerful AlHilal fans at the stadium and also make sure the team do not concede a first goal.
“They have a bigger stadium than Baba Yara and rely on the ferocity and numbers of their fans”
“The defenders of Kotoko should be careful with their Brazilian striker Geovane Maranhao.
“He is very dangerous and clever too. He knows how to convince referees to get penalties,” he added.
Kotoko will set off to with their group stage campaign on February 3 against Al Hilal , against Cezco United at home on February 13th and play away to Nkana FC on February 24. The club will resume with a return leg at home against Nkana FC on March 3, against Sudanese side AlHilal at home on March 10 and finally set off away to play Zesco United on March 17.
Mark F. silveronline24Last modified on Tuesday, 22 January 2019