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Sports News of Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Kotoko coach plays down intimidation fears in Congo

Asante Kotoko coach Steven Polack has played down concerns about a possible intimidation in Congo when the Porcupine Warriors face CARA Brazzaville in return leg of CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday.

Kotoko holds a slight advantage heading into the second leg after failing to make the most of their home advantage. The Kumasi-based club despite being awarded four penalties won the match 1-0 in their own backyard.

Before the game in Kumasi, the Congolese side is said to have applied rough tactics. The team refused to honour the mandatory training session instead turned the Baba Yara Stadium field into a urinal.

And with that happenings, some fans fear Kotoko will be bullied by CARA in their bid to overcome the slim deficit. However, gaffer Steven Polack is remaining steadfast.

''I don’t get intimidated by anybody because a wise man – that’s my father – taught me so. I have confidence in myself and I don’t get intimidated by anybody else and I don’t take notice of what anybody has to say,’’ Polack told Joy FM.

Because, I feel [like] if you want to talk to me, talk in front of me, not behind me. I don’t feel pressure. Pressure for me is: if I go home and I see a woman with three children begging for food or money, that’s pressure. If I have a job to do, I do it and I don’t run away from it. It makes me stronger and I have to make people know I’m good at what I do.’’

The match will be played at Stade Alphonse Massamba-Débat, Brazzaville.

The winner will be up against the winner of the tie between Ben Guerdane of Tunisia and Al Hilal Juba of South Sudan.