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Kotoko's level is Confederation Cup not Champions League- Zachariassen

By Vincent Ashitey
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Asante Kotoko head coach Kjetil Zachariassen has stated that his outfit his not yet ready to do battle with the big teams in the CAF Champions League and that the Confederation Cup is where the team belongs.

The Porcupines on Sunday exited the CAF Champions League after losing 3-0 in Monastir to bow out on a 3-2 aggregate. 

Ben Ouanes broke the deadlock of the game in the 24th minute from the spot after referee Ibrahim Nour El Din had penalised Justice Blay for handling a ball inside the six-yard box.

Ariri Karim scored a brace with two well-placed headers to ensure the  Tunisians progression into the next phase of the competition.

A result which means the Ghana Premier League giants have dropped to the CAF Confederation Cup playoff stage where they will know their opponents on October 6.
Speaking after the game, the Norwegian trainer says his outfit is not ready to rub shoulders with the big boys in the Champions League. 
“This [CAF Confederation Cup] is our level at the moment. We are in Confederation Cup, I think that’s the right level for us,” Coach Zachariassen told Kotoko Express App after the match.
He also called for patience from the supporters as the team is in transition having taken over from CK Akonnor.
“We’ve got to have to be realistic. We’ve got to be realistic because we have only worked together for three months.”
The Tunisia giants became the latest team to dent Kotoko hopes of making it into the "Money Zone" of the competition. The last time the Reds made it to the Money Zone was in 2006.