ASEC Mimosas secured a 1-0 win over Aduana Stars in the 2018 Caf Confederation Cup Group A opener at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan on Sunday.
As a result, Ivory Coast giants Mimosas moved to the top of the Group A standings, while Ghanaian side Stars are placed fourth.
Mimosas suffered a big blow just 17 minutes into the game as they were forced to make a change.
Their experienced midfielder Ahmed Hervé Diomande went down injured and he was replaced by Jean Poe.
However, the hosts launched attacks in search of the opening goal with Kouame Yao leading their attack.
The 1998 Caf Champions League winners were able to break the deadlock with the halftime break fast approaching.
Amed Toure beat Stars goalkeeper Joseph Addo with a header to make it 1-0 to Mimosas from Christian Angbandji’s cross in the 39th minute.
The hosts were forced to make another substitution 12 minutes into the second half.
Angbandji, who had sustained an injury, was replaced by Zana Coulibaly as Mimosas head coach Amani Yao Cesar made his second change.
The visitors tried to push for the equalising goal, but they found it difficult to penetrate the Mimosas defence which was led by Burkina Faso defender Souleymane Koanda.
Aduana Stars introduced Bright Adjei, who is a striker by trade, in the 70th minute as the visitors searched for a late equaliser.
However, Mimosas were able to contain Stars in the dying minutes of the match to secure a 1-0 victory.
Mimosas: Cissé, Gloudoueu, W.Coulibaly, Angbandji (Z.Coulibaly 58′), Koanda, Agbegniadan, Badié, Diomande (Poe 17′, Nougbele 73′), Touré, Sanogo, Yao.
Aduana: Addo, Aidoo, Anane, Badu, Amankwah, Mumuni, Opoku, Martey, Adams (Adjei 70′), Mohammed (Sasraku 63′), Asamoah (Boateng 77′).