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15.05.2004 Football News

Mixed reaction from coaches

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Accra, May 15, GNA - Coaches of Ghana's Liberty Professionals and Stade du Tunisiens from Tunisia have expressed mixed reaction about their various results in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup tie played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday. Whilst the Ghanaian coach, Silas Tetteh expressed satisfaction about the game's outcome, his compatriot was dismayed about the result, though he managed to snatch two vital away goals in the game that ended 3-2 in favour of Liberty.

Coach Tetteh told the GNA Sports in a post match interview that though his boys should have buried their opponents, he was convinced that the result was better than nothing. He said chances remain equal in the return leg billed for Tunis in two weeks time, that adding, "We are poised to have our home work down to qualify to the next stage of the competition".

The coach who was unhappy with his boys finishing power said "we must have finished them off in the first fifteen minutes but we wasted all the chances that came our way". He was however, emphatic that today's line up which included Issifu Ansah, Michael Helegbe, Felix Baffoe, David Boateng Jonathan Quartey but without skipper Mustapha Essuman would see no changes in his quest to raise a solid team for the return encounter which will obviously be a make or break affair.

Coach Arfaovi Tloncef was devastated about Liberty's winning goal that came through Baffoe on the stroke of time. "We worked very hard to maintain the score line just to make the return game a mere formality, but we finally had to bow to the pressure of the home team" he said. The confident Tloncef who is anticipating a less difficult game in Tunis said "We will surely qualify to the next stage at the expense of Liberty". He said his technical team would work exclusively on putting the game beyond Liberty's reach with a well-rehearsed strategy.