Ghana’s representatives in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup, Aduana Stars, will have an opportunity to make amends today when they take on group leaders AS Vita club of DR Congo at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park.
It will be another opportunity for the Ghanaian side to revive their campaign following their poor start which has nearly obliterated their chances with just one point from two games, leaving them on the foot of the league log.
Aduana Stars’ only point in the competition came from their 3-3 draw against Raja Casablanca last May. The Ghanaians had to fight from behind twice to avoid a home defeat at Dormaa-Ahenkro in their last outing, while Ahmed Toure’s only goal consigned them to their first defeat in Abidjan against Asec Mimosas.
With these previous experiences still haunting them, today’s encounter presents newly-appointed coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, with a fair idea of the difficult task on hand as Aduana need a win badly to bring them back into contention for the two semi-final slots.
“It’s going to be a difficult competition but we hope to put up our best performance to ensure we bag the maximum points”, the Japanese trainer told the Daily Graphic yesterday.
The Kinshasa-based club goes into this game with a far richer history, having made 14 appearances in the continent’s most prestigious competition, CAF Champions, and winning it once in 1973.
Besides, the Congolese are not new to this particular competition, having made three previous appearances between 2008 and 2010. Their depth of experience could be their trump card in their attempt to silence the Ghanaians today.
The head coach of the side, Jean Ibenge, was full of optimism about the Group A leaders’ chances when they landed in Accra yesterday but preferred to remain cautious since their opponents are a good side that can spring a surprise at any day.
“It will not be an easy game because I have seen how they (Aduana) played in Cote d’Ivoire. They create a lot of chances and are very dangerous going forward”, he noted.