Sports News of Wednesday, 13 January 2016
AshantiGold Chief Executive Officer, Cudjoe Fianoo, has said the Ghalca G6 tournament was a preparatory competition for the club ahead of the CAF Champions League.
Ashgold could not secure a win in the G6 tournament played last week except for two draws against Berekum Chelsea and Kotoko, which saw them exit from the competition.
“The G6 tournament was a learning point to sharpen the rough edges before we play on Valentine’s Day against a side from Algeria. We have a month to prepare for Africa and we have a capable hand in the person of Bashir Hayford,” he told Class Sports’ Hassan Hussein in an exclusive interview.
The reigning Ghana league champions play Algeria’s MO Bejaia in the CAF Champions League on 14 February and their CEO said they would need to move to camp as quickly as possible to prepare for the task ahead.
Mr Fianoo said the club has its internal problems but “we are mindful of what we need to do before 14 February and I believe if the board, management, players, technical team and supporters manage to scale those things, a vintage Ashgold performance will be seen on 14 February”.
Mr Fianoo said unlike the league, playing in the Champions League means they have to camp three weeks to one month, “before we play that match and that is what management is going to work at to ensure that players are brought under one roof. Everybody reports at the training ground at the same time, what they need to eat to make sure we build them up for 14 February that’s exactly what we are going to do. We will see a different Ashgold on the 14th playing against the Algerians.”
Asked if the team had any friendlies lined up ahead of their champions league clash, Mr Fianoo said it was early days to talk about clubs that would be lined up for friendlies.