Former CEO of Asante Kotoko, the Chief of Bantama in Kumasi, Baffour Owusu Amankwatia VI has called on the management and the supporting body of the club to offer the players the needed support in their quest to make Ghana proud in the Africa inter-club competitions.
Asante Kotoko hosts Congolese side Club Athletique Renaissance Aiglon Sunday February 11, 2018 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the preliminary round of the 2018 Confederation Challenge.
Speaking on SilverFM’s Super Saturday edition of Sports with host King Eben, the former club chairman identified motivation as a big topic of conversation in all sports.
“In my past experience with Kotoko, what I can advise in times like this is the players’ motivation to play…I mean financial motivation. There should be a promise commitment to the boys ahead of the game…..that is all that drives them”.
He also indicated that teams are more likely to win in the preliminary stages when they normally play their first leg encounter away but he admonished that the porcupine warriors can win at home because of crowd support.
“The CAF Confederation is a different competition and what often helps in winning every game is when fans do not become spectators but supporters….especially when the stadium is filled to ‘Sea of Red’ as it is termed by EL Ahly of Egypt”
“This normally puts some fear in the opposing side and helps in recording victory”
Bantamahene noted that officiating also play important role in the result of such games;
“Even in the Premier Leagues match officials do commit blunders which affect the results of fierce matches….so when a match official is not sympathetic to your course it becomes difficult for players to produce the results you need” he lamented.
He advised the players to play to win against all odds to record victory against Club Athletique Renaissance Aiglon of Congo in the first leg in the preliminaries of the 2018 Total CAF Confederation Cup.
The former Chief Executive of Kotoko also appealed to the Ghana Football Association to make sure the Ghana Premier League season is in tandem with the world league calendar (usually starts in August-September) to see players in competitive games, making them fully prepared ahead of such tourneys.