Defender Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has revealed the reason behind Asante Kotoko’s sterling run in the Confederation Cup and says the players are keen on making history for themselves and the team.
The Porcupine Warriors are back in the group stage of the Confederation Cup for the first time since 2008 with a run that saw them edge out Kenya’s Kariobangi Sharks and Cameroon’s Coton Sport.
Coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor’s lads drew barren with Sharks in the first leg in Nairobi and completed the tie with a 2-1 win in Kumasi to progress to the playoff stage where they beat Coton Sport 3-2 in Yaoundé and won 2-1 in Kumasi.
The team has been placed in Group-C of the CAF competition alongside Sudan’s Al Hilal and Zambia’s duo, Zesco United and Nkana FC, and Agyemang Badu says the players want to leave a mark on the history of Asante Kotoko.
“A lot of people did not give us a dog's chance to reach this stage, but we were very motivated coming into the competition. We also want to make history for the club,” says the Asante Kotoko number two.
“We want to be mentioned someday when people are calling the names of the players and squads who brought prestige to this great club.”
“That has been our motivation from day one, and we are taking that into the group stage, having achieved our first target of qualifying for the group stage.”