Asante Kotoko midfielder, Godfred Asiamah, is hopeful of Kotoko’s progression to the next round of this year’s Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Champions League.
The midfield gem had a dream debut for the Porcupine Warriors after scoring a sublime free kick and assisted a goal in Kotoko’s 3-2 loss against Nigeria’s Kano Pillars.
In an interview with GNA Sports, Asiamah mentioned that they would have to lift up their game in the second leg encounter if they were to progress to the next round.
”We would have to lift up our game in the second leg and hopefully we could get the required results to enable us progress to the next round,” he said.
Asiamah also expressed his delight about his performance on the day despite their narrow loss.
He said ”for every player the feeling is good when you score on your debut and I am very happy with my performance despite the loss”.
He also added that the game against Kano Pillars wasn’t an easy one but scoring two goals away would motivate them ahead of the second leg.
The midfielder, who joined the Porcupine Warriors from Ashantigold SC last month, is expected to feature for the Porcupine Warriors when they face off their Nigerian counterpart on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
The winner of this tie will meet the winner Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel and Guinea’s Hafia Club, with the Guinean side leading the tie 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg. Meanwhile, Head Coach of Kano Pillars Ibrahim Musah has hinted that his outfit will go for the kill as they make their way to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Speaking on Kumasi FM 104.1 he said, “We respect Asante Kotoko very well but we are preparing massively to come to Ghana and beat them on Sunday because my team is doing well and I trust them. I will come to Ghana and play good football to qualify”
He added that they are working to correct the defensive blunders they committed against Kotoko at the Saani Abachi Sports Stadium in Nigeria.
“We conceded two set-piece goals against Kotoko and we are working on them before we come to Ghana.”
Coach Ibrahim Musah also said the team will arrive in Ghana either on Thursday or Friday.–GNA