Akonnor: Kotoko will be ready for Africa

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Charles Akonnor is putting his players through their paces at their training camp in Takoradi

The coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Charles Kwabla Akonnor, is optimistic that his charges would be ready to play in the CAF Confederation Cup when its start later this month.

The coach, together with the Kotoko team have currently pitch camp in the Western regional capital of Takoradi, hoping to tighten every nut before they play the competition's first round match in Kumasi on November 28, 2018.

Kotoko beat local division-two side, Unicorn FC 2-0 in a training match at the Essipon stadium on Sunday, in a game that both sides paraded different sets of players for each half. The first half ended in a barren draw before Martin Antwi and Jordan Opoku won it for the Porcupine Warriors in the second.

Coach Akonnor expressed his delight with his players after the game. "It was very good that we played this game, It is clear for me as a coach that the second game was a little bit better," he said.

Kotoko begin their Confederation Cup campaign later this month

Akonnor said he was satisfied with the team's level of preparation so far.

"We would be ready for the Confederation Cup game. From what we have seen today, we should do 20 to 30 per cent more against Medeama SC on Wednesday, and then improve more on Sunday against Togolese club Gomido FC," he told Kotoko's website, asantekotokosc.com.

"We have had time to discuss the way forward with the players: how to play with the ball, without the ball and how to move. On the video analysis of our training sessions and games, it seems clear that they understand [the roles]. It means that we have to work more on the field to exercise, and patiently things would improve."

Kotoko participated in the Confederation Cup last season but got eliminated by CARA Brazzaville of Congo in the first round.

This notwithstanding the Porcupine warriors would hope to go pass the first round of the competition to reach their ambition of getting to the group stage.