PREVIEW: Can Aduana Stars do the do? Featured
09 Feb

PREVIEW: Can Aduana Stars do the do?

It already promises to be a busy week in Africa as clubs engage eachother this weekend with mouthwatering set of games to sink our teeth into as the preliminary stage of the CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Champions League return.
One of the key games for Ghanaians sees Aduana Stars travel to Egypt to play Libyan outfit, AL Tahaddy SC who are in great form. The match is being played at the Petro Sports Stadium in Egypt because of the political unrest in Libya.
Ahead of this big game, the Libyans have raised concerns about how the Libyan government, Businessmen and the Dean of Benghazi have neglected them and left them to their fate. Undeterred by this, the Libyans are in high spirits to outscore their Ghanaian opponents and bring glory to their nation. 
Justifiably, they have every right to be confident ahead of the clash. Domestically, the Benghazi are enjoying a good run of form- they are unbeaten in 8 matches and top the zone B of the Libyan novelty league. 
Their top marksman, Kamel Amer Altaorghi has registered 8 goals in 8 matches making him a threat to Aduana Stars’ defence. Making a return to continental club competition since 1972, the Libyans are blessed to have the availability of agile goal custodian, Fathi Talhey, tricky wingers Taha El- Sharif and Mahmoud Ali and reliable centre back Tahar Albrasi. They dominate in every statistical category, posting the highest amount of possession, the best pass completion rate and the most shots on target per game in their domestic league.
As a result, it will obviously be a daunting trip to the Petro Sports Stadium for the visitors, but the Ghanaians are currently in a good run of form themselves, losing just one in their last four outings. That spell includes victories against Techiman Eleven Wonders, Dreams FC, a defeat to Asante Kotoko and a memorable victory over Asante Kotoko in the Super Cup clash, a stunning result that gives their Coach, Yusif Abubakar at least some hope of pulling off an upset in Egypt.
Yet the ‘Ogya’ boss will also be aware that his side does not have an impressive away record in the competition and face a serious tough challenge if they are to avoid defeat here again. Aduana Stars’ first appearance in the competition and they got eliminated by WAC of Morocco.
Abubakar is expected to once again use the 4-4-2 formation that has been his default system since he took charge of the Dormaa club, usually focusing on attacking down the left flank. If that fails, the Ghanaian club usually resort to long ball tactics, but have struggled with finishing scoring chances and retaining the ball.
That does not bode well as they face Al Tahaddy, Salh Rahel’s team happy to either keep possession and pass their opponents to death with a patient build –up or strike on the counter- attacking players. The Libyan Coach’s 4-3-3 formation brings the best from his players on both counts, providing them with time and space to choose their best way of breaking down a particular opponent.
Can Aduana Stars stand the might of the Libyans?
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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