Medeama SC forward, Philip Aseweh has expressed confidence in his team’s chances in the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup tournament, despite their 3-1 weekend defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.
In the game, Medeama SC “drew first blood,” as they took the lead just a minute into the game when Eric Kwakwa beat Sundowns goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands from close range to make it 1-0 giving Medeama a vital away goal.
However, Castro, the Columbian-born striker leveled the game for Sundowns with a great header in the 80th minute much to delight of the home crowd. Billiat gave Sundowns the advantage with an audacious strike to the right of the Medeama SC post, to make it 3-1.
His compatriot, Cuthbert Malajila sealed the home side’s victory in the 87th minute through a low finish from inside, to make it 3-1.
Despite all the negatives, Philip Aseweh believes Medeama SC will emerge victorious after the second leg. “Away games in a tournament like the Confederation Cup do not come easy,” said Aseweh.
“What was agonizing to watch about this game was that, we surrendered our lead in the last 10 minutes of the game; but I know we have the quality to overturn this fixture in our favour in the second leg and I believe we will do just that,” he added.
Philip Aseweh, who is not part of squad which travelled to South Africa for the first leg, reiterated his desire to help his team in the second leg. He however wished them well in the return leg and restated his unflinching support for the team despite his exclusion.
“Watching your team play in one of the most prestigious tournaments in Africa without you and not being able to contribute in a tournament of this nature; especially when you know you have a lot to give, can be very depressing,” Aseweh said. “But my support and prayers go to the team as we plot Sundown’s conquest in the coming weeks,” he added.
Philip Aseweh is a versatile Ghanaian mid-fielder who also holds an accounting degree from the US. He played a huge role in Medeama SC’s campaign last season, but has been limited to just one appearance this season due to an injury setback he suffered in the previous season. It is rumoured that currently, some premier league clubs are monitoring his situation at Medeama SC and are ready to pounce on the opportunity to sign him.
For Medeama SC to progress in to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup, they will have to score two unanswered goals against Sundowns in the return leg on Wednesday and not concede one themselves. They have edged out Al Ittihad from Libya and Al Shendi from Sudan, in previous encounters in the CAF Confederation Cup.
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