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09.09.2020 Football News

Ex-Kotoko Coach Michael Osei Backs Decision To Play In Africa

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Former Asante Kotoko coach, Michael Osei
LISTEN SEP 9, 2020
Former Asante Kotoko coach, Michael Osei

Former Asante Kotoko coach, Michael Osei has lauded the club's decision to participate in the 2020-21 Caf Champions League despite concerns raised.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council named Asante Kotoko to represent the country in the Caf Champions League with AshGold were handed the Confederation Cup ticket following the annulment of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League.

However, some administrators in the country have cautioned the club to boycott the competition due to lack of competition in the country.

"It's good to play in Africa to help us correct our mistakes [from the past] year," Osei, also a former player of the club, told Hello FM.

"If you don't play, how would most of the players get the Africa experience? Those playing in Africa will gain experience as and when we participate.

"You are waiting to play league games to prepare because we might waste money but we should note that until we play we will not get the needed experience.

"We suffered several eliminations during Herbert Mensah's time but when the time was due we progressed to play in the final.

"So they should accept the challenge and play in order for the players to get the experience," he added.

Last season, Kotoko and Ashanti Gold represented Ghana in the two competitions, their campaigns ending in the first round by Tunisian side Etoile Sahel and RS Berkane of Morocco respectively.

The Miners, meanwhile, have also confirmed their participation in the Confederation Cup next season.

The 2020-21 African club season will begin in November.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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