Coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor has expressed his delight with Asante Kotoko’s virgin draw against Kariobangi Sharks over the weekend but has warned his Porcupine Warriors to guard against complacency in the return leg.
Asante Kotoko require a win in the second match of the second preliminary round tie while Sharks need a scoring draw to book qualification to the next phase of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Though satisfied with the result on Saturday, the coach stressed he will not relax until his side qualifies in the return fixture in Kumasi this Saturday.
“We are satisfied with the result because we didn’t lose,” says Akonnor. “We could have won because we had chances to score. We came here to get a good result, meaning we can be satisfied with a draw or win.”
“I don’t want to be too selfish. This was an away match. We have to go back home, do a bit of homework and find a method to win the second leg.”
“We are not going to relax”, stressed Akonnor. “The target is to qualify for the next stage and we are going to work hard to achieve that.”
Kariobangi Sharks qualified for this round with a 9-2 goal aggregate win over Djibouti’s Alter Solar, and though Akonnor admits that they are a solid side, the coach insists he knows how to eliminate them.
“The last time they played here, it was a 6-1 win. It’s a team that has known each other for a long time. Tactically, we were disciplined. They played to their strength. What they did today was all they could give because we also made it difficult for them. I know what to do win in Ghana.”
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