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“ Asante Kotoko needs a miracle to progress in the Caf Champions League ” – CK Akonnor

Ghana coach shared his thoughts on the Porcupine Warriors’ chances against Al Hilal

Ghana Coach CK Akonnor believes Asante Kotoko are unlikely to beat Sudanese side Al-Hilal in the CAF group stage Champions League.

The Porcupine Warriors face a tall order to get through the first phase after a disappointing 1-0 home loss to the Omdurman Giants in the first leg.

The return leg is scheduled for Omdurman on January 6.

“If I’m realistic I can say that because Kotoko lost the home game we don’t stand a chance,” said Akonnor, who was at Accra Sports Stadium for the first leg. Kessben FM, “But there are miracles in football, and I firmly believe that once they are determined and very well prepared, they can go out there and work a miracle.”

In the first leg, Akonnor found his way to the locker room at halftime to give the team a conference.

“I entered the locker room with only one motive, and that was to motivate the boys to play with everything to get a good result before the second leg”. the 49-year-old explained.

“You know I’m the national team coach so I thought my presence in the team locker room would be good for the boys to do more because they know the coach of the Black Stars is here and a good performance would guarantee an appeal. in the senior national team. “

Asante Kotoko, who represented Mauritanian club Nouadhibou in the last round, is looking to make it to the group stage of the competition for the first time since 2006.

“Asante Kotoko is disappointing. They lack quality and creativity,” Former Ghanaian goalkeeper Abukari Damba tells GTV Sports Plus about Kotoko’s performance after the match. “I was surprised by the statistics at the end of the game but it’s hard to say but this Kotoko team still has a long way to go.

“They are disappointing and if they continue like this it will be a disaster,” he continued. “They can go and win there too but it’s very difficult at the moment. They will have to play with more hunger and commitment in Omdurman.

“This is not an impossible task for Kotoko but they will have to work hard.”

Last season, Kotoko was eliminated in the first round of the Champions League at the hands of the Tunisian team Etoile du Sahel.

The club are looking to add two previous titles won in 1970 and 1983.

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