2018 Caf Confed Cup: Kotoko Coach Steve Polack optimistic of Caf Confed Cup progress Featured
12 Feb

2018 Caf Confed Cup: Kotoko Coach Steve Polack optimistic of Caf Confed Cup progress

Asante Kotoko Coach Steve Polack believes they will qualify to the next stage of the Caf Confederation Cup despite a 1-0 win over Congolese club CARA Brazzaville.
Polack, 57, is upbeat ahead of the return leg of the Caf Confederation  Cup preliminary round against Congolese side Club Athletique Renaissance Aiglon (CARA) Brazzaville on Wednesday, February 21.
The Ghanaian FA Cup champions managed to score one of the four penalties they had at the Baba yara Sports Stadium on Sunday. 
Yakubu Mohammed converted the penalty on the stroke of the match-duration.
Pundits are wary of the Porcupines ability to preserve the slim lead in the reverse fixture but Polack think otherwise.
"We were the better team in the ninety-minutes. Am satisfy with the performance, its been a long time since we play like that. I feel today we play good football.
Am happy that we won." Polack told the press.
He continued "They're very strong physically and I think we have to march CARA with that. 
I feel we have a very good chance to go there (Congo) to qualify."
"The way we played i think we could have play another duration of football.The players looks very fit."
"We have to be realistic, even in europe its very difficult to get good result away from home. But with the help of my coaches and staff, we'll do our best to get a good result." the former King Faisal coach cautioned.
"If the game ended in a draw, that would have been a bad result. I believe that we'll qualify looking at the quality of the team."
"They (CARA Brazzaville) would like to come out to attack us in the second leg but we have very quick players who are good on the counter break."
Despite the believes that his side will qualify to the next stage, the former Berekum Chelsea coach thinks his attackers needs to up their game.
"We had a few chances to score, i think its an aspect we have to improve upon in our next game. Am hopeful we get a game this week to work on that."
Kotoko's duo, Amos Frimpong and Saddick Adams argued over who to take the second penalty when Kwame Boahen was fouled in the box at the second half.
However Steve Polack confirmed to the press that he told the captain Amos at the dressing  room to take the next Kotoko's penalty.
"Yes I told Amos at the dressing room to the take the next penalty." after Saddick missed one in the first half.
"When you see two, three players fighting for the ball to take a penalty i think its a good sign. It also mean they are all confidence to score."
The Finnish claimed his opposite number, Ossiete Roger accused him of bribing the Senegalese referee Issa SY for giving four penalties to Asante Kotoko.
Steve Polack said "The coach was pointing to me that i have bribed the referee.
I have never bribed any referee in all the clubs that i have coached.
"If I hear that they (Kotoko) do bribe referees, I will walk away because I don't want to get involved in that." Polack warned.
CARA Brazzaville goalkeeper, Massa Chansel also missed a penalty in the second half when the game was goalless.
Steve Polack thanked the supporters who were in attendance at the 40,000 seater stadium which was almost full to capacity.
"The supporters were absolutely brilliant today, they were behind us through out the game."
"It's a fact we didn't score more goals but the supporters shouldn't worry because i have read it somewhere that in Ghana it's very hard to get top quality top scorers".
The Congo national stadium, Stade Alphonse Massembe-Debat will host the second leg on the February 21.
By: Augustus Opoku
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