The guardsman says the Blood and Gold is in pole position to retain the continental flagship despite losing some key players
The 26-year-old scored the winning goal for the Blood and Gold when they beat Wydad Casablanca last year to lift their second title in the continent’s most prestigious club competition.
That was their second consecutive appearance in the final after they were beaten by DR Congo side TP Mazembe in 2010.
The north Africans will open their Group A campaign this weekend with an away encounter against Nigeria’s Sunshine Stars.
Afful, a member of Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars recently renewed his contract with Esperance.
He told Accra-based Radio XYZ that he renewed his contract because he is confident Esperance will retain the continental flagship title.
“We are ever ready for the challenges because it is not easy to win the title two times on a trot,” Afful said. “I know we have lost some players, but we still have good materials to stand up to the tests.”