CAF Champions League: We have learned from our mistakes against Kano Pillars, says Kotoko coach

Kjetil Zachariassen, head coach of Asante Kotoko has reiterated that his side will triumph over Kano Pillars in their return leg fixture at the Baba Yara Stadium next week adding they have learnt their lessons.

According to  the Porcupine Warriors lost by 3-2 to the Nigerian side after taking a 2-1 second-half lead in their CAF Champions League opening game four days ago at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
However, the former Ashgold tactician believes having identified what accounted for their defeat in the first leg, his side is bent on progressing to the next stage.
“I am highly elated with my team’s performance because one thing here is that we played against a good team and we scored two important away goals which will be very important for us.”
He added, “I must also commend my players for sticking to my game plan which worked very well. We will correct our mistakes before the return leg in Kumasi.”
On August 25, Kotoko will host Kano Pillars in Kumasi for the second leg fixture.

Head coach for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Kjetil Zachariassen has stressed that the aim of his team ahead of their second leg tie with Nigerian side Kano Pillars is to win at all cost to ensure they progress into the second round of the preliminary stage.

The two West African clubs played the first leg of the encounter last weekend in a pulsating encounter that ended 3-2 in favour of the Kano-based club. Though the Porcupine Warriors had a second-half 2-1 lead in their grasp, they later conceded two goals and ended up returning home with the narrow defeat.

Ahead of the second leg tie, Kjetil Zachariassen has revealed that his team will approach the match will the sole aim of beating their Nigeria opponent at the end of 90 minutes.

“We received three goals which is a little too much for us. We had trained hard not to receive goals but a little lack of concentration there but we scored two nice goals. We could have even scored more”.

“But in the end am going to meet them again at the Baba Yara and it is going to be a different game. We always go to try to win every match we participate in. That is our goal no matter who we play and whatever competition”, the Norwegian tactician said.

The Baba Yara Sports Stadium is expected to host the second leg of the tie on Friday, August 23, 2019.


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