Sunday, September 14, 2008


KUMASI Asante Kotoko are promising nothing but a phenomenal performance as they battle JS Kabylie in a tough group game of the CAF Confederation Cup competition today.
The confidence of the team seems to be at the apogee and management believes the players will play their hearts out today.
Consequently, officials are calling for massive support today as they attempt to scale past the Algerian giants at the Baba Yara Stadium.
At a news conference in Kumasi yesterday management said the team drew much of its strength from the support base and this must manifest tomorrow with a huge attendance.
It appears the team is motivated enough for the showdown tomorrow despite the respect they have for the Algerian side as one of the strongest sides in Africa.
Playing in a group with three North Africans, Kotoko are the lone ranger of a sort, but their pedigree on the continent must hold sway.
But no one can take any club for granted these days, especially when the opposition comes from the north of Africa, considered the power base of club football on the continent.
The JSK team watched Kotoko play against Liberty Professionals in the Glo Top 4 at Baba Yara last Wednesday and officials of the team believed Kotoko have a good team that could present a strong opposition to them in their match tomorrow.
But Kotoko need to brush aside such compliments and focus on the game itself because JSK could be playing the mind game.
A team comprising the likes of Soulama, Inkoom, George Asare and Ofosu Appiah at the back should be strong enough to contain any attacks from JSK.
Kotoko derive much energy from the middle department where Jordan Opoku is a master distributor of the ball. The young man also possesses some scoring instincts that can tell positively on the team.
And once again goal machine, Eric Bekoe, would be the major point of attention in the attack. His partnership with Emmanuel Osei Kufour must prove decisive on the day.
Kick-off is at 3pm, and management has decided not to issue press accreditation.

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