Medeama SC will host Young Africans from Tanzania in their match day four clash of the CAF Confederation Cup competition at the Essipun Sports Stadium today.
The Ghanaians have amassed just two points from a possible nine and face the ignominy of being bundled out of the competition if they fail to record their first win in the competition.
Paired in the same group with favourites MO Bejaia and TP Mazambe, the Ghanaians have managed just two points from draws against the Algerian outfit, Bejaia at home and the Tanzanian representatives on foreign soil.
Faced with two difficult ties against the Congolese in Ghana and Bejaia in Algiers, Medeama find themselves in a very difficult position to beat obviously the weakest team in the group.
Despite playing them away in the first leg, Medeama were tipped to snatch the maximum points but again had to fight from behind to pull a draw following an early goal from the hosts.
That brought to the fore the team’s level of concentration which became a topical issue at the initial stages of their campaign.
At the qualifying stages, they let go of an early lead to succumb to South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
The story was similar against TP Mazembe, throwing away a lead and allowing the Congolese to score three goals and squandering many in what could have seen the Ghanaian buried under an avalanche of goals.
In all these instances, the defense and goalkeeping department, especially, have been suspect and remain an area the technical handlers must seek to improve as they reach the ‘zero tolerance for error’ zone.
Thankfully, the registration of Daniel Agyei from Liberty Professionals is expected to neutralise Muntari Tagoe’s monopoly while the defense is advised to be focused for 90 minutes.
The Tanzanians will not pose much trouble but what will also be of concern would be Medeama’s potency in front of goal as their attacking machinery have also not lived up to expectation while the likes of Akwesi Donsu, Malik Akowuah, Enoch Attah Agyei, Benjamin Bature, Victor Ayire and Kwame Boahen must play above themselves to boost their chances.
By Andrew Nortey