Kumasi Asante Kotoko will now face Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel in the next round of matches of the 2019/20 CAF Champions League.
The Porcupine Warriors wrap up fellow West African side, Kano Pillars 2-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.
The first goal was registered just after 4 minutes of action by Matthew Kelvin Andoh who latched onto a rebound after an initial save by Pillars goalkeeper Ibrahim Iddrisu, and put the ball beyond him.
Kotoko’s early goal unsettled Pillars who approached the game with a defensive set up. The coach of the Nigerian side then had to make two quick substitutions to alter his 4:5:1 formation to 4:4:2.
The change in formation allowed Pillars to dominate the midfield and came into the game strongly but could not make positive use of their dominance.
Kotoko entered the second half strongly in search of the second goal to seal qualification comfortably.
Kano Pillars had a bright chance to equalise after they penetrated the Kotoko defence with some beautiful “wall passes” but Kotoko captain Felix Annan came out quickly to save the situation.
The efforts of the Kumasi lads were rewarded in the 70th minute when Emmanuel Gyamfi finished off a surging run by Naby Keita.
Kotoko were able to score a third goal in the dying periods of the game but that was ruled as offside by the second assistant referee.
The 1983 Champions will now face Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in September in a tough encounter.