THE management of Obuasi-based Ashantigold (Ashgold) has set an audacious target for the technical team and playing body to win the ongoing Ghana Premier League with the sole aim of returning to Africa next year.
The Soccer Miners failed to go past the first hurdle in the CAF Confederation Cup after they were handed a 2-1 defeat by Salitas of Burkina Faso two weeks ago. It a disappointing performance by the club which reached the final of the maiden CAF Champions League in 1997 and have since struggled to make an impact in continental competitions.
With no international assignment to worry about, the Obuasi side want to turn their attention to the domestic league with a target to win the Ghana Premier League for the fifth time -- the second title since their 2015 triumph.
“We are not aiming at the Top Four. Our goal is to win the league and represent Ghana in the Champions League next year,” the Ashgold CEO, Emmanuel Frimpong, said.
“It was hard luck that denied us the opportunity to move to the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup. We played a very good game and created many scoring chances but failed to utilise them.
“Our opponents had a few chances and made good use of them. That is what football is all about, so we have returned home to make amends so we can return to Africa more refined,” he lamented in an interview with the Graphic Sports.
According to him, Ashgold should have won the scoreless first leg against Salitas FC in Obuasi two weeks ago but were wasteful in their opponent's goal area just as they did in the return encounter at the August 4 Stadium in Ouagadougou last week.
“In Obuasi, we played a very good game and should have scored not less than six goals to render the second leg a mere formality, but our players failed to utilise the chances created,” he bemoaned.
When asked if the club would beef up the attack to make it sharper, Mr Frimpong said they were co