Kano Pillars have received another stern warning from the coach of Asante Kotoko of Ghana, Kjetil Zachariassen, who is of a view that his side will carry the day in Saturday’s CAF Champions League first round second leg qualifier billed or Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi.
Although his side trail Pillars 3-2 from the first l;eg in Kano, Zachariassen argued that his team played better in that game, and insists they did not deserve to lose against their hosts at Sani Abacha Stadium, where they led 2-1 till the 70th minute; hence his verdict that they will win at home.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Kotoko went 2-1 up in Kano, having converted two set-pieces in the second half, but Rabiu Ali and Gambo Mohammed got crucial goals for the hosts to win the game 3-2, which Zachariassen says was a huge blow to his plans for the game.
However, while admitting that there is nothing he can do to change the outcome of the first leg tie, he has now turned focus fully on Saturday’s reverse fixture, from which Kotoko hope to surpass their performance in their last appearance in the Champions League in 2015, when they were hit with a first-round elimination by MC El Euma of Algeria.
Last season, The Porcupines competed in the Confederation Cup, where they reached the group stage, and Kotoko’s Norwegian gaffer is thinking bigger this time, as he promised victory at Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi.
Zachariassen told CAF’s website: “We did our best in the first game and I still believe that we should have picked up at least a point. It was a very difficult game but that is in the past now.
“We have been very serious in training since we returned and the players are responding to the tactics.”