Kotoko Poised For Bejaia Challenge

Kotoko players

Kotoko players

Algerian champions JSM Bejaia are in town for their return Champions League tie against Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Stadium tomorrow.

Their 0-0 score line in the first leg notwithstanding, the 29-man contingent arrived in Accra last Wednesday looking very confident to hand their Ghanaian counterparts a stunning second leg tie.

‘We are looking forward to a good match,’ an official of the team said at the airport on arrival.

However, Kotoko’s confidence after the first leg encounter, regardless of the maltreatment and their fine run lately – spanking Chelsea 2-0, picking a point from Wa and the 4-1 thrashing of Agbozome Weavers  in their FA clash- makes it a tall order  for the visitors.

Kotoko will have everything working to their advantage – their fanatic fans, words of motivation from ex Kotoko players as well as their closeness to the next stage of the competition, having giving a good account of themselves  two weeks ago in Algeria.

The home side’s coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani has cautioned his charges to play as though they are trailing, considering how unpredictable games could be regardless of the venue lately.

Indications are that the current squad are bent on carving a niche  for themselves to replicate the feat of the Opoku Ntis, Abdul Razaks, Kofi Abbreys, Kwadjwo Addae Kyenkyenhenes, Ibrahim Sundays, Osei Kofis and Ahmed Rocksons.

‘We are going to face  Bejaia just like we did in Algeria and we are sure of eliminating them,’ coach Didi said  after his side’s 4-1 win over Agbozome Weavers.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum