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Ohene Brenya, Team Manager

Team will repeat Kumasi mentality at CARA - Brenya

Posted on: Wed Feb 21, 2018 - Report by Gideon Boakye Botwe

Team Manager, Henry Ohene Brenya, says Kotoko would have the same mentality against CARA Club on Wednesday as they did nine days ago in Kumasi.

Kotoko dominated the entirety of the first leg game in Kumasi but squandered three penalty kicks before Yakubu Mohammed converted one at injury time to secure a 1-0 win for the hosts.

The Porcupines encountered a number of nerve racking moments anytime they attacked the CARA goal area but failed to score in open play. They still pushed for the opener after Felix Annan had saved a late penalty kick with the game nearing an end.

“In Kumasi, we saw a Kotoko side that played so beautifully and never ready to allow the lack of luck to deter them from pushing for a win", explained the former Kotoko player. "You are playing in front of a large home crowd and you miss three penalties on the trot? Most teams would be undone by that but the boys fought on".

"Our aim was to score more goals. That didn't happen and so we needed to change course and rather just seek for a goal. That could have easily broken the team's resolve if they were a a bunch of fainthearted players. Their performance didn't drop; it soared and grew stronger till we had that last minute goal".

Sadick Adams missed Kotoko's first spot kick of the game and by the time Amos Frimpong missed the second, the preference order had changed from who was the best penalty taker to who had the courage to go for the ball when a penalty was given.

"Look at the courage with which Amos and Baba nominated themselves for the second and third kicks after Sadick had missed the first. Look at the courage with which goalkeeper Felix Annan also saved CARA's penalty and look at the courage with which Yakubu Mohammed went for the last kick and the support that was thrown at him by the other players. These tells you that Kotoko is a team that does not give up easily and that is the mentality we are taking to Congo".

According to the ex-player who played Kotoko for eight seasons before his retirement last season, Kotoko, as a squad, have everything that is required to beat any team on the continent in a game of football.

"I am confident that the team will prove their eagerness and zeal to progress and more importantly, make themselves proud. They are all good players and want to be in a team that is hungry for success. We are growing and the strength of this team lies in their resolve to not go down without a fight."

“We respect CARA, but we are also convinced about our own abilities. We would have the same mentality as the one we adopted in our first game. That game must be a starting point for us. Our performance will not drop."

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