Kotoko tasted a narrow defeat after losing 3-2 at the hands of Kano Pillars in the first leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round on Saturday.
The home side(Kano Pillars) rallied from behind to snatch victory at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.
Rahaqqu Adam shot Pillars into the lead after just 11minutes when he connected a cross from the left side of attack.
Kotoko will draw level 4minutes into the second half when midfielder Justice Blay found his effort at the back of the net from a resulting corner kick.
Substitute Godfred Asiamah put Kotoko into the lead from a well-executed free kick in the 64th minute. Kotoko could not hold onto the lead as Victor Dennis pulled parity for the home side.
Nyima Nekabari got the match-winner for the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League runners-up in the 73rd minute to give his side a slim advantage ahead of the return leg encounter.
Kano Pillars will play guest to Kotoko at the Babayara Sports Stadium next weekend.
By Frank Darkwah