After earning their first win in the CAF Confederation Cup last week to revive their flagging continental campaign, Medeama have renewed confidence that a little more effort could earn them a spot in the semi-final of the competition.
With last week’s 3-1 victory over Young Africans of Tanzania lifting them to the second position on the Group A log behind T.P Mazembe, the head coach of Medeama, Prince Yaw Owusu, says they have good reasons to direct all their energies into the continental campaign rather than have a divided attention chasing the Ghana Premier League title in addition.
He told the Graphic Sports that they were now focused on winning their next two matches against TP Mazembe and MO Bejaia to qualify from their group.
“I am now convinced that with hard work and commitment, we will surely qualify to play in the semi-final stage of the CAF Confederation Cup competition and afterwards conquer Africa,” he said.
According to Coach Owusu, the club was working hard to overturn the 1-3 deficit they suffered at the hands of group leaders Mazembe, when the two teams meet again in Ghana on August 14.
He noted that victory over Mazembe would be the turning point in their campaign, and they are leaving nothing to chance against the experienced DR Congo side.
“Our next game is against T.P. Mazembe and I am happy they are coming here, so we need to play our cards well and get that win. All we need is to have control over the game and take all our chances and the three points will be ours at the end of the day,” added a confident Coach Owusu.
Interestingly, the win next over Young Africans could not galvanise Medeama to win their next two outstanding league matches after they lost 0-1 to Aduana Stars last Thursday and were beaten 1-0 by Techiman City yesterday. They remain in sixth position on the log, six points off league leaders Hearts of Oak but have one more outstanding fixture away to Wa All Stars.
Positive results for Medeama against Mazembe and Algerian side Bejaia could propel the team to the summit of Group A, hence their renewed interest in the continental campaign than pursuing domestic honours.
“For the Ghana Premier League, I am not sure of winning it this year. What I know is that we will finish in the Top Four which is my target. But for Africa, it is possible that with the slightest effort, we can play in the final, and once we reach the final, it will be easy to get the trophy,” the coach added.