Two-time FA Cup champions Medeama SC have set their sight on making the group stages of the on-going CAF Confederations Cup with a win over visiting Sudanese club side Al-Ahly Shendi at the Sekondi Essipun Sports Stadium this afternoon.
The Mauve and Yellows took a giant leap towards achieving that enviable feat, which would be the first ever in the history of the club, a fortnight ago when they drew 0-0 in Shendi, Sudan.
As the surviving Ghanaian team in the CAF inter-club competition this year following the elimination of Ashantigold from the CAF Champions League, Medeama have given a very good account of themselves since drawing a bye in the early stages of the competition and seeing off Libyan club Al-Ittihad Tripoli to get to this stage.
Although they faulted in their last competitive game losing 2-0 at the Essipun Stadium to home side Sekondi Hasaacas last week, Coach Tom Strand and his charges have put that defeat at the back of their mind and bent on sealing a historic qualification to the group stage of the competition with a massive win tomorrow.
The team is not getting carried away with the away point they carry into this game, captain of the side Muntari Tagoe has stated that they are not going to get complacent at all in today’s game, knowing that the visitors are equally as good as them.
“We started a job back in Sudan and we need to finish that job perfectly today in front of our home fans and Ghanaians as a whole.”
According to him it’s not going to be an easy battle this afternoon but in the end they would surely grab the qualification ticket into the group zone of the competition.
Coach Tom Strand has a full squad to pick his men to deliver victory for Medeama SC and Ghana as well as the likes of midfield general Kwesi Donsu, Eric Kwakwa, Malik Akowuah and sensational striker Mohammed Abass whose brace helped the side advance to this stage of the competition
Al-Ahly Shendi on the other hand, has goalkeeper Yassin Yussuf to reply on in post with versatile Mujahid Farooq and striker Ahmed Nasreldin, Ivorian-import Mohamed Sela, Nigeria-born defender Malik Isaac and veteran forward Kelechi Osunwa to count on for a possible victory.
The visitors are good away side having reached the second round of the continental competition on the away goal rule after a 2-2 aggregate draw with Congolese side Saint Eloi Lupopo and this is one danger the Medeama lads are very wary off ahead of the game this afternoon.
Winner of this game would advance to the play-off round where they will be joined by seven other clubs as well as the eight losers from the CAF Champions League second round to fight for a group stage action.
Referee Fidel Gomes from Guinea Bissau has been appointed to officiate the game which has the gates pegged at Gh¢5, Gh¢10 and Gh¢20 respectively.