Dreams FC poised to beat Kallon FC
Dreams FC face yet another formidable challenge as they square off against Sierra Leonean side, FC Kallon, in the second preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup at the Accra Sports Stadium this afternoon.
It has a coveted spot in the competition's group stage hanging in the balance after the two-leg encounter.
The Ghanaians secured the passage to this stage of the competition after they played 1-1 draw in the first leg and they later exhibited a strong fighting spirit by coming from a goal down to beat Milo FC 2-1 in the second leg at the Accra Stadium.
Group stage slot
Now, Dreams FC stand on the precipice of advancing to the competition's group stage, but their journey hinges on prevailing against FC Kallon, a side propelled into this round due to the withdrawal of AS Douanes amid political turmoil in Niger.
Coach Abdul Karim Zito, who led Dreams FC through a gruelling battle with Guinean side, Milo FC, had emphasised that his team would leave nothing to chance against their opponents and would do all that was required to ensure home victory this afternoon to ease the pressure on the team in the return encounter in Sierra Leone.
Recalling their resilient comeback against Milo FC, Coach Zito underscored the enormity of the contest and the importance of not underestimating their opponents, despite having home field advantage.
“This is a two-sided game because we are all a step closer to the group stage and each team would like to qualify, but for us, our objective is to make sure that we win and qualify.
It won’t be easy and we anticipate a tough match but our focus and ambition still remain to win no matter what,” he told the Daily Graphic yesterday.
After their qualification, Dreams FC lost to Medeama SC in the Champion of Champions Cup match in Cape Coast, which served as an important preparation for today's encounter with Kallon FC.
The Ghanaian coach is banking on his team's preparation, including insights gained from a 'spy' who observed the Sierra Leoneans during their mandatory training session at the Accra Stadium yesterday.
“I was not at their training yesterday because we also had our training around that same time but I had someone there who came back with the necessary information so I can say that I know their style of play but we have also prepared very well,” admitted Zito.
The Dreams FC gaffer is looking forward to lining up his best arsenals to execute the task, with the team expected to be built around experienced striker John Antwi, Agyenim Boateng and Sylvester Simba, defenders Abdul Jalilu and Richard Mensah as well as midfielders Ofori Macarthy and Godfred Atuahene.
Nevertheless, the decision between goalkeepers Solomon Agbesi and Gideon Asuako, both in exceptional form, remains a welcome dilemma for the coach.