Asante Kotoko have crashed out of the Caf Confederation Cup at the group stage after they were defeated by Zesco United on Sunday. 

The Porcupine Warriors, who needed a win to qualify for the quarterfinals, threw away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to the Zambian side at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. 

Kotoko stunned the host when they opened the scoring in the 46th minute through substitute Stephen Nkarko. The attacking midfielder headed into the net after Zesco goalkeeper parried a shot into his path. 

However, the lead lasted for eight minutes as Jesse Were restored parity with a close-range effort. 

Two minutes later, Kondwani Mtonga scored to make it 2-1 for the Zesco.

The defeat for Kotoko means Al Hilal of Sudan and Zambian side Nkana qualify from Group C despite Hilal thumping Nkana 4-1.