Sports News of Monday, 3 December 2018
Asante Kotoko are capable of eliminating Kariobangi Sharks in the first round of Caf Confederation Cup, according to former midfielder Osei Kofi.
The Kenyan club hammered ARTA Solar 6-1 in the first leg of the preliminary fixture last week and are likely to progress to the next stage to meet Kotoko. They also won the Kenya Super Cup against Gor Mahia on Sunday.
“From all indications, Kariobangi Sharks are a very good side but that doesn’t mean they will eliminate Kotoko,” Osei told Goal.
“Previously, clubs like Sharks would fear to even come to Kumasi to face Kotoko but times have changed since our recent performances haven’t been the best. However, I’m optimistic Kotoko will put them at their rightful place.
“Although, there is no club football ongoing here in the country due to some people’s greediness, I still believe Kotoko have the men to qualify. What they need to do is to intensify their preparations since the high altitude in Kenya can affect them somehow.
“With good preparation and teamwork, I don’t see how Kotoko will be eliminated by Sharks. In fact, they can do well in Africa this time,” he added.
Goal understands that Kotoko will pitch camp in Ethiopia to fine tune before they head to Kenya for first leg.