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Sports News of Thursday, 22 February 2018


Aduana Stars coach elated with Champions League qualification

Aduana Stars coach Yusif Abubakar Aduana Stars coach Yusif Abubakar

Aduana Stars coach Yusif Abubakar has expressed his delight with the performance of his charges in their 2-0 win over Libyan side Al Tahaddy in the second leg of the CAF Champions League on Wednesday.

The Ogya Boys went into Wednesday's clash against Libyan outfit needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit after losing in Egypt two weeks ago.

The Dormaa-based side indeed came to the party as two second half goals Elvis Opoku and Derick Sasraku ensured they progress to the second round of the competition on 2-1 aggregate score line.

"I can't actually describe the feeling after the game. In fact, I'm the happiest man around now because our hard work paid off," Abubakar told Goal.

"The first-half was a bit uninspiring but the players adhered to my instructions after the break and we had two important goals to make it to the next stage. I'm happy and will thank the supporters because they were massive," he added.

The Ghanaian champions will now meet Algerian side ES Setif in the last qualifying round with the winner making it to the group stage and, Abubakar is upbeat about their chances of qualifying to the group stages for the first time in their history.

"This is the first time we've progressed to the next stage in this tournament so obviously, we can make another progress. We are with high hopes that we will make it to the group stages so we won't over celebrate this victory," he said.

Aduana will welcome Setif to the Nana Agyemang Badu II Park in the first leg on March 8 before enplaning to Algeria for the return encounter a fortnight later.