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23.07.2004 Football News

Liberty Poised To Qualify -Coach

By Graphic

The head coach of Liberty Professionals, Sellas Tetteh, has predicted that his team will surely qualify to the group stage of the Confederation Cup on Sunday.

He said though they have a 1-0 deficit to clear, they will work hard to see off their opponents' challenge in the return encounter.

In a chat with the Graphic Sports last Sunday, the Liberty trainer was convinced of his team's chances after managing to hold their opponents at their own backyard in the first leg till injury time before conceding that lone goal.

He said having come this far, they are bent on making the best out of the opportunity. “We're aiming at qualification and not the scoreline, and will work hard towards that,” Sellas assured.

He said though he anticipates a tough game, they will prepare seriously to dispose of the Sudanese on Sunday.

He intimated that the team to feature on Sunday will not be any different from the side which played the first leg. Fortunately for him, he has no injury problems to grapple with.

As such either Kotei Blankson who was in post in the Sudan or Patrick Antwi who has been consistent in the qualifiers can be relied upon in the impending assignment.

In defence, Stanley Afedzi and James Dessiramah or Samuel Hanson will man the lateral defence while Issifu Ansah and David Addo could be the probable choice for the central defence.

In midifield, skipper Mustapha Essuman is expected to be the linkman as usual with support from skilful players like Nii Aryee Tetteh or Osei Akoto.

The attacking like will include David Boateng, Felix Baffoe and Michael Helegbe.

At such a crucial stage, the Liberty attack cannot afford to be lethargic as it has usually been, especially when it confronts a resilient defence.

Most significantly, the Ghanaian team stands a chance to pick a cool $62, 500 if they are able to clear this hurdle to enter the money zone.

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