Thursday Aug 08, 2019. 10:15
Felix Annan, the new captain of Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko, has attempted to play down expectations of his team ahead of their 2019/20 CAF Champions League campaign.
The Ghana Premier League side face a tough preliminary round tie against Nigeria’s Kano Pillars, with the first leg set for Kaduna this coming Saturday.
The Porcupine Warriors do not come into the clash in the best state, as they have recently undergone a big overhaul of their squad.
Former skipper Amos Frimpong and key midfielder Kwame Bonsu are amongst the players who have left the club in recent times.
Despite their somewhat unsettled status, Annan believes the team can perform strongly in the Champions League – but he has asked supporters not to put too much pressure on the players.
“We know that when you are playing for Kotoko, the expectations are always high,” Annan explained.
“We want to tell the fans to limit their expectations but we the playing body are going to do our best to try and lift the club high in the CAF Champions League, just as we did in the Confederation Cup.
“All we want from them is their support and prayers.”
Asante reached the group stage of the Confed Cup in 2018/19, a fine achievement considering their lack of domestic football due to the corruption scandal in the Ghana FA.