Winger Emmanuel Gyamfi says Asante Kotoko’s objective is to reach the CAF Confederation Cup final after qualifying for the group stage of the 2018/19 campaign.
The 2004 Confederation Cup finalists are in Group-C of the continent’s second-tier inter-club championship alongside Al Hilal, Zesco United, and Nkana United, having edged out Kenya's Kariobangi Sharks and Cameroon's Coton Sport in the elimination round.
With the players’ first target achieved, Gyamfi tells Kotoko Express App the playing body is now eyeing a spot in the competition’s decider.
“Our target from the start was to reach the Money Zone,” says the lightening speedster.
“The discussion among ourselves now is to reach the Cup final, make history for ourselves and leave our names in the books of this club.”
The Porcupines are back in the group stage for the first time since 2008, and Gyamfi attributes the feat to the players’ persistence, hard work, and divine luck.
“We have been better this season because we knew the task ahead of us and prepared ourselves adequately for it. We worked really hard and were self-motivated because one does not know who is watching him from the stands. That was aside our zeal to win to put smiles on the faces everyone associated with the club.”
“I can’t boldly say this squad is better than last season’s”, answers Gyamfi when asked about the difference between the current squad and the previous season’s that was kicked out of the competition in the preliminary round.
“Luck eluded us last season and that showed in how were eliminated. The squad we have now is one that takes its chances. We drew goalless at Kariobangi Sharks in Kenya, but won 2-1 in Kumasi though they played better than we did. That was divine luck.”