In the absence of competitive local football, which has been the case since the Anas’ exposé which hit and rocked Ghana’s FA in June, Kotoko turned to the obvious and only available option of getting some football action, thus playing in numerous friendly games.
There were no questions about whether the lack of competitive local action will be telling on Asante Kotoko in the 2018-19 Total CAF Confederation Cup campaign.
Defeat in Zambia against Zesco United cut short Kotoko’s dream of qualifying to the next stage of the CAF confederation cup and sent them packing.
Although many football enthusiast in Ghana believe the ‘porcupine warriors’ put their best foot forward and did the best they could, the result left the Kumasi-based side third in Group C, one place below the pass mark.
“It was an interesting journey looking from where we started, it’s a very good foundation that we need to build on”, the Kotoko coach told Metro FM in Kumasi.
“I saw two (2) faces in terms of how we played in both home and in the Away games, we missed some key players in a certain point and that worked against us but all in all it’s was good”
“Hopefully we can improve the squad, individually we made mistakes but that’s normal because most of these players were inexperienced, when they are given the chance again they will do things the right way because of the experience gain in this year’s campaign “, he added
“Our players have been given call ups to the National teams and that’s a Plus for us”
“The confidence was down at the early stages of the competition but we gathered confidence as we moved forward “
“The games between Kariobangi Sharks and Al Hilal in Kumasi were my difficult games” he added.
Last season, Kotoko exited the Confederation Cup in the preliminary round. Their last group stage berth prior to this season’s campaign was in 2008.