Zesco’s Ghanaian striker fires warning shot

Author: Edmund Okai Gyimah
Osumanu Rahim

Zesco United striker Osumanu Rahim has sounded a warning to Kumasi Asante Kotoko and their group rivals in the CAF Confederation Cup, saying they are in to win the competition and will not allow any side to stand in their way.

The budding Ghanaian attacker said they were not overawed by Kotoko’s huge reputation in Africa and their home advantage, and would seek to get good results in Wednesday’s clash at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

"We are Zesco and we believe in ourselves and also believe in the technical abilities of our coaching staffs," Osumanu told the Graphic Sports.

"We are going to take it game by game and hopefully we will be crowned champions at the end of the competition."

The forward was part of the Zesco United side that defeated local rivals Nkana FC in a Group C clash last week and has been buoyed by a feel-good factor coming into next week’s game.

"I wished we could have scored more goals against Nkana over the weekend to send a message to the other teams," Osumanu said.

He indicated that for Wednesday’s game in Kumasi, he had a personal ambition to knock hard on the doors of the national team aside helping his club to get a good result against Kotoko.

The match represents a fine opportunity to make an impression and announce himself to Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah.

"I am looking forward to the game with Kotoko. I am ready for the game. Kotoko is a big club in Africa. I want to do my maximum best and use it and catch the eyes of Kwasi Appiah. We are ready for any team in the competition," he added.

A former player of Tudu Mighty Jets from 2010 to 2014, 21-year-old Osumanu featured for Liberty Professionals for two seasons before moving to Zambia in 2017 to join Zesco United where he has been a key player in both in the domestic league and the Confederations Cup campaign.