CAF Champions League: Jordan Opoku Confident Of Victory Ahead Of Etoile du Sahel Clash
Asante Kotoko midfield dynamo, Jordan Opoku is optimistic of beating Etoile du Sahel on Sunday.
The Ghana Premier League side will host the Tunisian at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the first leg encounter.
The last time both met at the same venue was 4 October 2008 at the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, which ended 2-2. Etoile will go on to finish top of the group which included Al Merreikh (Sudan) and JS Kabylie (Algeria), whilst Kotoko ended their campaign at the bottom of the standings.
Despite the odds favouring the North African side, Opoku is sure of victory on Sunday.
“Teams from North Africa are very stubborn and can upset any team on any day," he told Cafonline.
"I remember my first year at Kotoko we met Etoile du Sahel and they drew 2-2 with us in Kumasi and they beat us in the reverse.
"Things are different now and I know that with the preparations we have done so far, we should be able to carry the day on Sunday,” said Opoku, who turns 37 next month.
However, skipper of the side, Felix Annan insists that Kotoko are in a better shape for a convincing result against Etoile du Sahel.
“Since then the club has been looking for a chance to avenge that result and that is what we will be aiming for on Sunday. Both clubs have rich histories in African football,” said Kotoko goalie and captain Felix Annan.
“From the records, we've played against Etoile four times with our best being two draws.”
“This is a new Asante Kotoko with a new technical team, new players and definitely new mentality towards games of this magnitude so we are aware of what lies before us. The players are ready to make history on Sunday and you can see it in their activities during training".