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Aduana Stars Coach Yusif Abubakar Buoyant Ahead of ASEC Mimosas Clash

Aduana Stars coach Yusif Abubakar is confident of his side’s chances ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup opener against Asec Mimosas.

The Ghana Premier League champions will make a short trip to Ivory Coast to engage ASEC Mimosas in Group A opener on Sunday, May 6.

And coach Abubakar has expressed his upbeat about their chances of returning home with a positive result.

“Now we have the experience of playing in the African Club Championship, we believe that we can do more than enough to come out of the ASEC game with a good result. So far we have played three clubs; two in Champions League and one in this competition, so we know what to expect when playing away,” Aduana coach Abubakar Yussif remarked.

“This is our very first game at the Group stage of any CAF Club competition and we want to start on a good note”.

Over concentrating on their involvement in the continental competition might be the reason for their poor showing in the Ghana Premier league so far though they have three outstanding games to clear, but general captain Emmanuel Akuoko thinks otherwise.

“We take it one match at a time and I personally don’t believe our participation in Africa has had any negative effect on our performance. On the contrary, it has rather helped us keep the team in shape and we are looking forward to it,” Akuoko said.

Domestically, Aduana has played lesser games compared to ASEC, who were crowned Ivorian champions for the 26th time few weeks ago.

“We know two of their top strikers, Komlan Agbegniadan and Ahmed Toure, both of whom we have played against on countless occasions in the league in Ghana before they left for Cote d’Ivoire. I believe that if we can keep these two in check, then we will return to Ghana with a good result,” goalkeeper Joseph Addo added.

Elsewhere in Casablanca, Raja Club Athletic of Morocco will play host AS Vita of DR Congo in the other Group A match.

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