2011 CAF Confederations Cup: AshantiGold will be hoping for a miracle

You need loads of faith to expect AshantiGold to overcome a 0-3 loss to Etoile du Sahel to qualify to the next stage of  the CAF Confederations Cup on Sunday April 3, 2011 at Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi.

AshantiGold captain Daniel Asamoah has enough faith. Hear him talking about AshantiGold’s chances: “All is not lost. Currently, Ghana has only one slot each for the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup, and the trend may continue if Ashantigold exits like league champions, Aduana Stars. ”

AshantiGold goal keeper Fatau Dauda

While Asamoah wants to lead this miracle quest for club and country, his coach, Zdravko Logarusic, is even more optimistic coach “They [Etoile du Sahel] are not special and neither are they extraordinary. We are hopeful of turning things around. We are very focused for the game and want to make history by scoring four goals to oust Etoile du Sahel.

The whole of Ghana will watch with keen expectation to see how AshantiGold will overturn a no-so-brilliant run of form to beat a much stronger Etoile du Sahel by three or more unanswered goals to qualify. Speaking of which I present here 5 interesting, but not-very-encouraging facts about AshantiGold ahead of this all important encounter.

[1] After 22 Glo Premier League games, AshantiGold have  won 9 games, drawn 5 times, and lost 8 games.

[2] They have 14 goals for and 11 goals against so far this season. This means that they do not average 1 goal per game.

[3] At Len Clay, they are completely impermeable with 12 goals for and 3 goals against.

[4] Except for Match Day 6 against Mighty Jets when they scored 3 goals, if they ever scored, AshantiGold only scored 1 goal.

[5] Since Zdravko Logarusic took over, AshantiGold have played 7 games and scored a total of 4 goals.

So then, how does AshantiGold expect to sail through with such a terrible record?  Coach Logarusic is expecting skilful midfielder Alhaji Sannie and the assertive Samson Cudjoe to return from suspension. With their return, Logarusic hopes to take control of the game from start to finish. “We have our ideas and want to take control of the game from the onset. I realized that they are taller and stronger than my players. Due to that, they rely mostly on set-pieces to score,” he told CAFONLINE.

Football is an amazing game full of miracles and Ghana has seen its first share of footballing miracles. Consider for instance, the much talked about 1977 ‘Miracle of El-Wak’; Accra Hearts of Oak put up a spirited performance at El Wak stadium to over come a 2-5 defeat at the hands of Mufulira Wanderers of Zambia with three unanswered goals to qualify for the African Club Championships.

The same Accra Hearts of Oak, at Len Clay Stadium, needed to overturn a 0-4 defeat in the hands of St. Georges of Ethiopia in 2006. With all hope lost, Hearts of Oak opened the game with a quick-fire double in less than 15 minutes. Considering the sort of defeat which loomed, St. Georges abandoned the game and Hearts were declared winners by CAF.

In 2011, we are here once again at Len Clay Stadium, looking for another miracle and we shall hopefully find it. Good luck to AshaniGold.


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