By Ameenu Shardow
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Midfielder Michael Helgbe is determined to bury his painful experience in Africa by powering Medeama SC to the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup.
The 28-year-old was part of the Liberty Professionals squad that crashed out at the same stage of the competition by Sudanese club Al Hilal in 2004.
The Ghana international’s quality and worth of experience has proved curial for the Yellow and Mauves in their debut campaign in CAF Champions League.
Medeama must now get pass Congolese club AC Leopards to further their fairy tale story in the competition.
Their playmaker however had the added incentive of banishing his heartache in the competition suffered when he was with Liberty Professionals.
“Those days at Liberty were very good days; we tried our best to get to the groups stage but we were knocked out,” he said.
“It was hard for us. At the moment, my attention and focus is on Medeama, and I believe strongly that I have been working hard towards that.
“I am going to work hard to ensure the team qualifies for the money zone.
“Before coming to Medeama, I knew the task was going to be very hard.
“And they participating in Africa for the first time, I knew the challenge was going to be tough but my focus was to do my best.
“Because everybody looks at you; so for me as a player I needed to do my best. My colleagues think the same, too.”
Medeama will be hoping to record a positive result when they face AC Leopards in the first leg of the final qualifier in the CAF Confederations Cup on Sunday.
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