Medeama hopeful against Sundowns

Malik Akowuah

Malik Akowuah

Medeama SC interim manager Augustine Adotey said his side would capitalise on their away goal against Mamelodi Sundowns when they take on the South Africans in the reverse fixture tomorrow.

The Mauves will host their counterparts in the second leg tie at the Essipong Stadium.

Medeama threw away an early lead to lose 3-1 in the first leg at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

The Ghanaians will hence need to win the return fixture by at least two unanswered goals in order to progress to the group stages of the competition. Adotey who was appointed as the stop-gap coach after the departure of head coach Tom Strand wants his side to take advantage of the away goal recorded in the first leg game.

“It is good we had an away goal there, we just have to capitalise on it and try to score two, three goals,” he told Atinka FM.

“We have to get three goals because that will be more secured, but I am happy we have an away goal going into the second leg and am confident we will deliver.

Medeama will be hoping to make it to the Money zone after missing out in the last edition to Congolese outfits AC Leopards.

Meanwhile, Medeama workaholic, Malik Akowuah has rubbished reports linking him with a surprise move to Accra Hearts of Oak, insisting he is happy in Tarkwa.

Widespread media reports have linked the 26-year-old with a move to the capital following a wonderful campaign with the two-time Ghanaian FA Cup champions.

Akowuah has emerged as perhaps the side’s best player over the last three seasons with consistent displays for the side.

But the midfielder has exclusively told GHANAsoccernet.com he has no plans of joining Hearts and only focused on helping Medeama to reach the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.

“I don’t know where these reports are coming from,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com

“It’s absolutely false. I have not spoken with any Hearts official and have no intention of doing so.

“I am happy in Medeama. The club owner in particular has been a father to me ever since I arrived here, and I am very happy.

“Besides I’m even looking beyond this country if I decide to move.

“I will urge the Medeama fans to disregard the reports. “

Akowuah is expected to play a key role for the Mauves and Yellows in their make-or-break CAF Confederation Cup tie against Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow.

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