07.04.2005 Sports News

Joetex banks on Champions League

By ojeikere aikhoje
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Joetex Frimpong, the Ghanaian-born striker of two-time CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup kings, Enyimba of Aba, has revealed that he intends to maintain a regular invitation to the Black Stars with his performance in Africa's elite club competition.

Speaking on the eve of the club's Champions League clash against Zambia's Red Arrows,in Aba, on Sunday, Joetex said: "The Champions League is the key to my stay in the Black Stars since I don't play club football In Ghana where the coaches would have easily seen me in action. I have to maintain a regular shirt in the continent and score goals, afterall that is what I am paid to do in Enyimba."

Although, Joetex expressed disappointment at the exit of Ghana's duo of Ashanti Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak in the competition, he promised Ghanaians that he would be at his best whenever he is called for duty by his Nigerian side.

The Ghanaian declared that he is already working hard to ensure that he debuts for the Black Stars in the next Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso, in June.

"It was painful missing the last match in Kinshasa after getting my letter of invitation. But, I would head for Ghana once my invitation for the next match gets to Nigeria. Ghana has so many good players so I just have to be at my best to be selected on match day," he said.

The former U-23 international expressed gratitude to the Ghana Football Association for the invitation against the Congo Democratic Republic, last month.

Enyimba's Joetex seeks second Champions League goal Enyimba of Aba Ghanaian-born forward, Joetex Frimpong, has declared that he would be looking forward to scoring his second CAF Champions League goal this year, if fielded by the technical crew, in Sunday's match against Zambia's Red Arrows.

The Ghanaian, who spoke to in an interview, on Thursday said he is match fit after missing the Week 8 2-0 win against neighbouring Sharks of Port-Harcourt in the Nigerian Premier League sponsored by telecommunications outfit, Globacom.

"I am match ready and by God's Grace I intend to register my second goal this term when Red Arrows come visiting. Thank God I am through with injuries which limited my playing time last term," he said.

He maintained that the Zambians should be ready for serious business on match day. According to him: "We do not have enough information about the Zambians, but they should know that they are coming to play the best team in the continent. Enyimba is battle ready."

Joetex scored six goals for his Nigerian team on their way to winning the title in 2003, but missed most of the matches due to injury, last year, when they retained the cup. He scored his first Champions League goal this term in the 4-0 pounding of Tanzanian champions, Simba, in Aba.

The Enyimba of Aba forward is the first Ghanaian to win the CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup back-to-back.

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