Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko were the major casualties of the CAF Champions League preliminary round after losing 1-0 to Liberians Barrack Young Controllers at the weekend. Blamo Nimely struck five minutes from time in Monrovia to give Controllers a 1-0 win and a last-32 place in the premier African club football competition.
Champions League debutants Controllers advanced on the away-goal rule having lost the first leg 2-1 in Kumasi last weekend. Kotoko, popularly called the ‘Porcupine Warriors’, have been African champions twice and runners-up five times.
They were not expected to be unduly troubled by Barrack given a poor Liberian record in the Champions League with a string of early exits.
But warning lights started flashing after the Ghanaians needed two penalties from national team footballer Kwabena Adusei to win at home. Kotoko had scoring chances during the return match with Ben Adama foiled by the woodwork midway through the second half.
Richard Mpong was guilty of a bad miss soon after and Controllers took advantage to secure a first-round date with Ivorian outfit Sewe San Pedro.