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Sports News of Wednesday, 12 December 2018


I have my eleven players that can start any game- Kotoko coach C.K Akunor

Head coach of Asante Kotoko, Charles Kwabla Akunor says he has no troubles picking his first eleven for a game, refuting claims that he is struggling select starting team.

The former Ashantigold coach revealed he has built an all round team, that will be ready for any opponent they face.

“It's not true that I don't have a constant squad to start my games," Akunor told GNA.

"I have my eleven players that can start any game, but you have to give room to all players at your disposal. You should not have a static team when you want to achieve something.

“At every given time, you study your opponents well and look at the team you have and what you can do, so the fact is not about having my starting squad, but having an all-around team which is capable of playing every opponent,” he added.

However, the 44-year-old admitted that Kariobangi poses a threat to their ambitions this season but believes they would be able to record a favourable scoreline.

"We are going to play a Kenyan club that is very good and tough. They score a goal in almost every match and are a threat but what is important now is how we can stop that and how we could frustrate them in the game for a good scoreline before the return leg," he said.

“So it’s all about working on the way we would play in the first leg because the results will be very key for us in the return fixture. We have seen their play and they have also seen ours, which is a fact, so we have to prepare and hope that we get good results from Kenya," he added.

Kotoko will be hosted by Kenyan side Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup.