It’s do or die for former Black Stars coach, James Kwesi Appiah when he leads Al Khartoum of Sudan against Power Dynamos of Zambia in the decisive leg of their CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round tie on Saturday.
Appiah and his lads landed at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola on Wednesday night on a mission to grab a ticket to the first qualifying round of the continental club tournament.
Coach Appiah’s side lead 1-0 from the first leg back on February 14 and must now defend the slim lead before an expected intimidating Zambian home crowd as the Ghanaian tactician seeks to avoid a shock elimination at the very first hurdle.
Appiah has also made an indifferent start to the new Sudani Premier League season which currently sees his team lying 4th on the log on 9 points taken from a possible 18, 2 wins, three draws and a defeat from the opening six games.
The first black man to qualify and lead Ghana to the FIFA World Cup was signed by Al Khartoum at the end of last year to not only help them break the dominance of domestic giants, Al Hilal and Al Merreikh but also champion their dreams in Africa’s second tier club competition.
Now he must do it the hard way with only Kamilou Daouda’s first leg strike to count on but Coach Appiah is ready to go all out in Kitwe.
‘We will not defend in the game, as this will not be an easy match. Power are a very good team especially in their land and I am sure they will do their best to win,’ Appiah told FilGoal.
‘We will try to score early and hope that will make our mission easy, we will play to win on their land and in front of their fans, ” the 54-year-old former Ghana coach added.
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