GHALCA Top-8: Polack cautiously optimistic of a Kotoko win

Posted on: Fri Jan 05, 2018 - Report by Gideon Boakye Botwe

Coach Steven Polack believes Kotoko is capable of winning the GHALCA Top-Eight tournament.
However, the British trainer has called on supporters to be cautious in their expectations of the team since the competition is coming off at a time when his team has not jelled yet.
The GHALCA Top-Eight competition kicks off on Saturday with Kotoko placed in Group A and scheduled for a Sunday fixture against Eleven Wonders before Dreams FC on Wednesday and Aduana Stars the next Sunday.
The top 2 emerging  teams would engage  those from Group-A where Hearts of Oak, Dwarfs, Karela FC and Medeama will compete for the top 2 spots. Group A teams will be stationed in Accra.
Polack won the preseason competition with Berekum Chelsea in 2011 and tells he would love to win it again though the main aim is to instill his system on the team.
"I have always wanted to win games. This is a tournament that I will love to win. I have won it before and it will be nice to put this on my CV (Curriculum Vitae)  again".
"But we will take it one game at a time. We have three games in the group stage and then we will see where we are. This is preseason. People don't have expectations too high. Everybody is going through preseason and trying to find their rhythm.
"So yes I want to win every game but at the same time want to get my players to play to a rhythm before the season starts".
When asked if that meant that the fans lower their expectations, Polack reiterated: "I think so. Yes. It's preseason and people should understand that preseason is not like the start of the season or the middle of the season. Its completely different".
"Preseason is getting your players fit physically and mentally. The body  and mind is one and it has to be ready for the tournament as well".

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