In their debut appearance in the CAF Champions League in 2012, Berekum Chelsea led by Dutch coach Hans van der Pluijm manufactured their own part of Ghana's football history by reaching the group stages of the competition at their first time of asking.
They only lost one game to Egypt's Al Ahly 4-1 in Cairo and were only two points adrift group leaders Al Ahly (6 times winners by then) and a point behind group runners-up TP Mazembe (two-time winners).
The Ghanaian club benefited from the fine form of players like striker Emmanuel Clottey,top goalscorer of the 2012 CAF Champions League,Mohammed Basit, Solomon Asante, Gladson Awako, Richard Kissi Boateng, Jackson Owusu, Jordan Opoku,and Edward Kpodo.
After missing out in the 2013 campaign, the Blues returned to the continent's flagship club football competition with an uncharacteristic poor performances as Tonny Lokko's side lie in the relegation zone of the 2013/14 Ghana Premier League.
Berekum Chelsea welcomes South Sudanese debutants Atlabara FC on Sunday February 9 in the preliminary round and will be without most of their players in their first campaign in 2012.
The Berekum-based club are currently not on a good financial footing and they remained inactive in the Ghanaian transfer market while they lost most first-team players to Congolese side TP Mazembe and other teams on the continent.
On the other hand, Asante Kotoko will be seeking to end a yearly nightmare in the CAF Champions League this season as the legendary Ghanaian club has failed to win the competition since its renaming from African Cup of Champion clubs to CAF Champions League in 1997.
They have made it to the group stages only once and that came in 2006 after CS SFaxien and Al Ahly dominated the group.
The Porcupine Warriors were kicked out of the competition last year by Algeria's JSM Bejaia after a 1-1 draw in Kumasi in the second leg with the first leg in Bejaia ending 0-0.
Kotoko takes on Barrack Young Controllers from Liberia on Sunday February 9 at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.
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