Asante Kotoko captain Amos Frimpong believes they will be battle ready when they lock horns with Congo Brazzaville giants Club Athletic de Renaissance Aiglon (CARA) in the preliminary round of the 2018 Caf Confederations Cup at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
The Porcupine Warriors return to continental assignment for the first time since 2015, when they were booted from the Champions League by Algerian side MC Eulma and they have begun their preparations after head coach Steve Polack arrived in the country last month.
The first leg is scheduled for the weekend of February 9-11 while the reverse fixture takes place a week later in Brazzaville.
“We will be facing CARA and we're aware that they are a good side in the Congolese league,” Frimpong told Otec FM.
“We’re also aware of their pedigree and how they troubled Kotoko in the past but we're not really concerned about their past glories. We are ready for the challenge and we will do everything possible to win the first leg convincingly in order to eliminate them.
“Between now and February is quite long and we'll use it to adequately prepare. We want to make our fans happy so we can't disappoint them again especially in our first game at home after several years without international football,” he added.
The last time the two clubs met was in 1978 in the Champions League, with Kotoko progressing to the next stage following superior away goals, after the two legs ended 2-2 on aggregate.
The winner after the two legs this time will meet the winner between Tunisian side Ben Guerdane and Al Hilal Juba of Sudan in March.