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05.03.2009 Football News

Kotoko to play Champions LeagueAway from home

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

An assault on referee Coffie Codjia of Benin by Kotoko fans has led to a ban on the Baba Yara stadium for three matches.

Ghana's Asante Kotoko will therefore host Libya's Ittihad Khemisset in a CAF (Confederation of African Football) Champions League second round tie later this month at the Sekondi Stadium, after they received a three match ban from playing at their home grounds.

The Porcupine Warriors are serving the suspension, which was imposed by CAF, after some of their fans assaulted referee Coffie Codjia in an angry reaction to his decisions, during a Confederation Cup game against Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi last year.

Despite picking the Western Regional capital of Sekondi, Kotoko disclosed that they will review this choice of venue based on how well the first leg goes.

Kotoko were one of the clubs to earn a bye in the first round of Africa's richest club competition.