Monday Sep 30, 2019. 17:00
Kjetil Zachariassen, the coach of Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko, has backed his team to perform strongly in the CAF Confederation Cup following their exit from the CAF Champions League this past weekend.
The Porcupine Warriors were beaten 3-0 in Monastir in Tunisia on Sunday night, leaving the premier continental competition 2-3 on aggregate at the hands of Etoile du Sahel.
Asante missed out on the chance to become the first Ghanaian team to reach the Champions League group stage since Berekum Chelsea in 2012.
However, their African club adventure can continue in the Confederation Cup, where they will participate in the playoff round alongside 31 other teams (15 fellow losers from the Champions League, as well as 16 who have advanced through the preliminaries in the Confed Cup).
“This [Confederation Cup] is our level at the moment,” Zachariassen told the Kotoko Express App, as quoted by Goal.
“We are in Confederation Cup, I think that’s the right level for us. We’ve got to have to be realistic.
“We’ve got to be realistic because we have only worked together for three months.”
Zachariassen’s side will find out their opponents for the Confederation Cup playoffs on October 9, with the first leg fixtures scheduled for October 27.