Sports News of Thursday, 1 November 2018
Kumasi Asante Kotoko captain, Amos Frimpong, says the expectation of the playing body in this year’s African Confederation Cup is to reach the group stage.
On Friday, October 26, Kotoko got the nod from the Normalisation Committee (NC) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to participate in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup after club owners and administrators had initially decided that Ghana would not participate in Africa.
The NC’s decision to grant Kotoko the permission to compete in Africa was a welcome relief to the playing body as skipper Amos Frimpong summed up the feeling to the Daily Graphic thus:
“We were very elated to have heard that we will be participating in the Confederation Cup. Playing in Africa is the best platform you can get on the continent. We have not performed well in the past years as we got eliminated mostly in the first round but this time we have learnt from our mistakes and I’m very confident that with the preparations done, we will get far.”
The Kotoko defender revealed that the expectation of the players was to at least reach the group stage.
“Our expectation is to get to the group stage and even do better. Currently, I believe the quality of players in the team is high and I know the management body is trying to recruit more players to beef up the squad. Coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor is a result-oriented coach and he instills discipline and hard work in us as players. I know with this we can do better in the Africa,” he assured.
Frimpong said he was happy with the performance of Kotoko’s new Guinean signing, Naby Keita, and the possible signing of ex-Kotoko and TP Mazembe midfielder, Daniel Nii Adjei.
“Naby Keita is a very good striker who is training at a high level. He has played a couple of matches for the team and personally I feel he is a top performer. Daniel Nii Adjei is also training with the team and he is really bringing his experience to bear”, he noted.
Kotoko have barely a month to prepare for their first round opponents as the first round first leg matches for both the Champions League and Confederation Cup are scheduled for November 27 and 28, while the second legs take place on December 4 and 5.