Can Toure spoil Aduana’s party?

BY: Peter Sarbah
Flashback: ASEC’s Ahmed Toure (right) in action against Aduana in their clash in Abidjan
Flashback: ASEC’s Ahmed Toure (right) in action against Aduana in their clash in Abidjan

ASEC Mimosas striker, Ahmed Toure, looks a potential threat to Aduana Stars’ CAF Confederation Cup campaign when the two sides clash in a group A fixture at the Nana Agyeman Badu Park tomorrow.

The Ghana champions need a victory to improve their chances of making it past the group of Africa’s second tier inter-club competition as they lie in third place in Group A, but the former Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Bechem United attacker is expected to lead the lines for the Ivorians and is one player who on a good day could cause a lot of problems for the home side.

Toure, a prolific attacker while plying his trade in Ghana’s topflight, was the main architect of Aduana’s 1-0 defeat during their first leg in Abidjan as he scored the winning goal -- bottom-placed ASEC’s only victory in the competition so far -- and could still be the home side’s biggest nightmare in tomorrow’s game.

ASEC are rooted at the bottom of the group but just one point off their opponents and are expected to put in a strong fight to frustrate Kenichi Yatsuhashi’s side who have dropped two points at home so far.

Despite their poor showing in the competition, ASEC would not go down without a fight in tomorrow’s encounter and Coach César Lambert Amani Yao would be counting on his leading marksman, Toure, who returns to a familiar grounds to spearhead ASEC’s fight for revival.

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Yatsuhasi admits ASEC are a good side but the Japanese trainer must identify ways of cutting supplies to the Ivorian attacking duo of Toure and Komlan Agbegniadan to avoid any surprises tomorrow.

He is expected to build his team around trusted players including skipper, Yahaya Mohammed, Zakaria Mumuni, Noah Martey, Nathaniel Asamoah and goalkeeper Joseph Addo to secure a vital home win to breathe life back into Aduana’s continental campaign.