The Dutchman is already looking forward to bring the continental trophy back to Ghana and has charged his players to go into the second leg a lot more aggressive
The debutants stunned the five-time Africa club champions on Saturday in a 3-2 defeat at the Accra Sports Stadium. Striker Emmanuel Clottey’s hat-trick did the trick for the Ghanaians. Abdoulaye Cisse bagged a double for the Cairo-based club, but it was not enough to give them points.
Coach Pluijm said it took a great deal of hard work ahead of the game to study several videos on the style of play of Hassan Shehata’s side.
“I told my boys to pile more pressure on them because if they relax we’ll concede more,” the Dutchman told Goal.com Ghana. “We came into the second half stronger than before and that gave us the upper hand.”
He said his charges are poised for the return leg and will aim at a win.
“It’s not going to be easy in Cairo, but it was good we won at home. That is the most important thing and gives us a lot of confidence. We’ll beat them again in Egypt and we can only do that by focusing on the game, working hard and improving on our mistakes.
“I’m so proud of my players and those who ruled us out should know that we are in this tournament to make history. The trophy has not been in Ghana for years now and we’re ready to bring it back. We need the full support of all Ghanaians,” coach Pluijm added.