CAF CONFED CUP: Kotoko Drawn In Group C With Al Hilal And Two Zambian Giants
Ghana’s only representative in continental competition, Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been drawn in Group C of this year’s CAF Confederations Cup competition against Al Hilal of Sudan together with Zambian giants Zesco United and Nkana Fc.
The Porcupine Warriors booked a place in the Group stage of the competition after beating Cameroonian side, Cotton Sport De Garoua 5-3 on aggregate.
They have been impressive so far but will even have to do me following the pairings that has come out this morning. If for nothing at all Nkana Fc and Zesco United will surely put Kotoko to the test when they lock horns.
Nkana is the second most successful club in Zambia and their record both at home and on the continent shows clearly they are no “Minos” to be taken for granted. For Zesco United, they have gained grounds in the competition following constant participation in the past couple of years.
Sudan Premier League record champions Al Hilal will also come with their own challenge and the Kumasi based side should not underrate this team. They boast of as many as 27 league trophies and have won their league for the past three years. An advantage for Kotoko is that they do not have a good record when participating in any of the continental competitions.
All things being equal, Kotoko with their pedigree and the right preparations should overcome this task in front of them. Coach CK Akonnor continues training this week and is expected to keep his charges fit and in shape for the upcoming matches.
The Group stages is set to be played on the first weekend of the month of February. Hence Kotoko’s first match is likely to be played between February 1-3.