Kotoko determined to end Champions League group stage wait

Kotoko determined to end Champions League group stage wait
Felix Annan of Kumasi Asante Kotoko

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Sep 26, 2019. 11:00

Asante Kotoko are confident of completing the job when they travel to more fancied Etoile du Sahel in the second leg of their CAF Champions League second round tie on Friday.

Ghana side Kotoko, who were winners of the competition in 1970 and 1983, hold a 2-0 advantage from their home leg and could spring a surprise by qualifying for the pool stages of Africa’s elite competition for the first time since 2006.

Midfielder Justice Blay says the players are desperate to move to the next level and while he acknowledges the quality of their opponent, says they will not give up their advantage.

“This is my first time playing in the Champions League and I have learnt a lot,” Blay told Oyerepa FM.

“I admit Etoile are a good side but they can’t beat us. We will score in Tunisia, qualification is non-negotiable.

“Should they score, we’ll also score. We’re going to give our best to ensure qualification.”

Kotoko’s victory in the first leg was just their first win over the 2007 African champions Etoile in five previous meetings.

It has been 13 years since Kotoko last appeared in the pool stages, a long wait for a club with their history and stature.

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