A 3-0 win for Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jammet in Monastir on Sunday bundled Ghana’s Asante Kotoko out of the CAF Champions League.
The Ghanaians had won the first leg 2-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium a fortnight ago and therefore exited by 2-3 loss on aggregate.
The Tunisian giants made their intentions of overturning the first leg deficit clear as their pressure paid off with a penalty – albeit controversial – in the 25th minute.
Ben Ouanes converted the penalty to reduce the deficit.
Though Asante Kotoko held on into the break, the 2007 champions extended their lead and, thereby, drew level on aggregate 22 minutes into the second half.
With a man down, the Tunisians found the all-important winner through Algerian Karim Aribi five minutes to full time.
As a result of the game’s outcome, Kotoko will drop into the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs for a place in a competition they played in last year.