CAF CC: Former coach Zdravko Logarusic confident Asante Kotoko will make it out of group stage

By Vincent Ashitey
CAF CC: Former coach Zdravko Logarusic confident Asante Kotoko will make it out of group stage
CAF CC: Former coach Zdravko Logarusic confident Asante Kotoko will make it out of group stage

Former coach of Asante Kotoko, Zdravko Logarusic, is optimistic the Reds can still make it out of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage despite their 1-0 defeat to Al Hilal in their opening match.

Waleed Mamid 40th minute goal for Al Hilal separated the two sides as Asante Kotoko lost their first game in the CAF Confederation Cup since an 11-year absence.

According to the Croatian tactician, Kotoko has the arsenals to make it out of the group stage, so the defeat should just serve as a wake-up call to them. 

The 56-year-old added that the halt on officially organised football in Ghana is having a toll on the team as the Reds looked jaded as the game progressed whilst the Sudanese were in the ascendency.

"The point is one. From the game we watched you could see that Kotoko are not playing local league or competitive games and that affected them," Lugarosic said.

"It was clear that they're not playing regularly and lacked match fitness. If they were playing every weekend before this game the results may have been different from what we witnessed. Al Hilal were not struggling throughout the game because they play regularly and know their shortcomings.

"Regardless of what happened against Hilal, they still have a chance to qualify from the group. Kotoko have been the same big club two years ago and remain a top side. They can cause problems to the other clubs when they are later in good shape."

Zdravko Logarusic had a short stint with Kotoko after he replaced David Duncan as the head coach. 

However, Kotoko terminated his contract after only 3 months in on the job.
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