Kotoko would qualify--Amoako

Author: Samuel Amoesi
George Amoako, Kotoko CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko, George Amoako, believes the two away goals scored against Kano Pillars have put them in a pole position to progress to the next stage of the CAF Champions League.

Kotoko gave away a 2-1 lead to go down 2-3 against the Nigerian side during their preliminary round match on Saturday.

But the CEO was still positive about their chances of scaling the hurdle but cautioned against complacency which could cost them dearly.

 “It is a very good score line, playing in Kano and scoring two away goals and losing 3-2, puts us in a pole position to qualify, but we don’t need to be complacent” Mr Amoako told Kotoko Express App.

“We certainly wouldn’t be complacent because they are a good side, very aggressive, very strong and we need to work at it to get the results.
“I am talking about qualification. We would do everything possible to ensure just that. With this score line away; difference one with two away goals, qualification is more likely” he said confidently.

The 16, 000-capacity Sani Abacha Stadium was full to capacity as the Pillar’s fans cheered on their players in an electrifying manner. This, Mr Amoako believes that the Kotoko fans should replicate when they play the return leg at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on August 25.

 “They cheered their team to get those two quick goals,” he said. “We would have to get the same kind of atmosphere. We are even expecting a more charged atmosphere because we have more supporters.

“This is just a 16, 000 capacity stadium, Kumasi is 40,000 plus and we expect that the supporters would be there to ensure our victory and qualification", the CEO said.