RC Kadiogo beat Kotoko on penalties to qualify for next stage of CAF Champions League"/>
Asante Kotoko, the champions of the Ghana Premier League, were ousted from the CAF Champions League by RC Kadiogo of Burkina Faso.
Following a 1-1 aggregate score after Sunday's second leg at the Baba Yara Stadium, the Porcupine Warriors were defeated by their opponents on penalties.
The team led by coach Seydou Zerbo entered the contest as the favorite after edging Kadiogo 1-0 in the first leg.
However, Kotoko's first-leg advantage was insufficient as they shockingly lost 1-0 at home, tying the match on aggregate.
The Kumasi-based team did not improve at all in the subsequent shootout, losing 3-1 on penalties.
Kotoko's humiliating elimination from the Champions League in the first round follows the defeat.
Meanwhile, Asante Kotoko striker Franck Etouga Mbella has been signed by Al Masry of the Egyptian Premier League.
On Sunday, the Cameroonian striker formally sealed his transfer to the Egyptian team in a deal reportedly worth about $400,000.
The 21-year-old was a crucial member of Kotoko's squad during their rout to the Ghana Premier League championship in the 2021–2022 campaign.
Mbella, who impressively scored 21 goals in 30 league games the previous season, was the Porcupine Warriors' leading scorer.
Only Ashanti Gold forward Yaw Annor, who scored 22 goals for the Miners last year, beat him to the league's golden boot.
Mbella became Al Masry's eighth signing of the transfer window when he was signed from Kotoko, according to a statement they released on Sunday.
"The eighth Green Eagles transaction. Welcome to our Cameroon international striker Frank Etouga, who hails from the Ashanti Kotoko club in Ghana's Kumasi, the heartland of the Ashanti tribes," the Egyptian club said in a statement.
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