Thursday Aug 01, 2019. 09:15
Ashanti Gold SC chief executive Frederick Acheampong says the Ghanaian club are determined to make a major impact in the 2019/20 CAF Confederation Cup.
The Miners have signed 11 new players and appointed Brazilian coach Ricardo da Rocha ahead of their opening Confederation Cup tie against Akonangui of Equatorial Guinea later this month.
“We just want to make an impact in Africa; we want to reach a point where the whole of Africa would hear of us. We also want to reach as far as possible to help Ghana regain its initial two Champions League slots and two Confederation Cup slots,” the AshGold boss told the Daily Graphic in an interview.
“We have played an international friendly and we would also play more matches to keep our team in good shape for the Confederation Cup. We know that to play very well in Africa, you have to play formidable teams.”
Acheampong also explained that da Rocha was appointed based on his experience and was optimistic that he and the Brazilian striker, Marco Silva, could help the team realise their continental aspirations.
“We appointed the coach because of his quality and while he was coming he recommended a striker, Marco Silva, and we accepted to sign him. His performance shows that he would be an asset to the team,” he noted.
If AshGold can overcome Akonangui in the preliminary round, they will come up against Moroccan heavyweights RS Berkane in the next phase of the competition.