Maiden’ Coach Downplays Double Defeat To Nigeria

Black MaidensThe team will spend some few weeks in Ghana before the squad is named for a training tour in the USA ahead of the World Cup which kicks off in March.

Ghana is drawn in Group B of the World Cup alongside North Korea, Germany and Canada.Black Maidens

Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Dramani insists his team will progress in the Champions League despite the below-par performance last Sunday.

The Ghanaian champions failed to impress despite their 2-1 win over Barrack Young Controllers at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

A penalty double from defender Kwabena Edusei saw the Porcupine Warriors scrape through with the victory – much to the disappointment of their expectant fans.

But coach Dramani is confident his team will excel in the return leg in Liberia to progress to the next stage of the competition.

“We did the most important thing and that is getting the win,” he told Metro FM after Sunday’s game.

“But the fans were disappointed that the margin [of the win] wasn’t wider but we got the win.

“It is a game of football and I believe we will sail through.

“We have one more game to play against them [BYC] in their home and I believe we will go there and do the job.”

Kotoko will travel to Liberia on Friday after clearing their outstanding Premier League game against Ebusua Dwarfs on Wednesday.

*Ebusua Dwarfs coach Professor Kwesi Mintah is refusing to panic despite his side’s slim 1-0 win over Senegalese side ASC Diaraf in their CAF Confederation Cup qualifier.

The Cape Coast-based side needed a deflected shot from striker Richard Gadze in the first half to record the hard fought victory.

Dwarfs must now difficult that slender lead gallantly when they travel for the return leg next week.

Professor Mintah believes his side put up a good showcase and capable of progressing in the competition

“The performance is not that bad considering we are in African and the team has gone through some rough edges,” the University of Cape Coast lecturer revealed.

“In a double fixture, it is always important you don’t concede at home and we manage to do that so its ok.”

Dwarf are making a return to Africa since featuring in the defunct CAF Cup 14 years ago.

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