The former Asante Kotoko player has revealed the Blood and Gold are under pressure to retain the title, and at the same time it serves as a motivation to press onEsperance defender Harrison Afful is optimistic his side will bring down Sunshine Stars on Sunday in a bid to retain the Caf Champions League title.
The Black Stars guardsman has told Goal.com Ghana they are under pressure as defending champions to do more in the tournament, but they have psyched themselves up for every game.
“It’s going to be tough [against Sunshine Stars],” the 26-year-old told Goal.com. “However, we’re prepared to teach them some lessons with last year’s experience. We’re the defending champions, so obviously every game comes with pressure.”
“I respect every team in this tournament and that mindset led us to glory last year. We’re ready for anything and we’ll prove that when we meet Sunshine on Sunday.”
Afful, who scored the winning goal to earn them the title in 2011, said the odds favour the Blood and Gold, despite playing in an away fixture.
“We’re going away, but we have seen it all in this tournament. We only have to study the game and use experience to beat them,” he added.
The northern Africans are facing off with their west African counterparts in an opening Caf Champions League Group A tie on Sunday. The Tunisians have won the continental club flagship twice, in 1994 and 2011 after 11 appearances.
The Nigerians, on the other hand, debuted at the 2011 Caf Confederation Cup but lost at the semi-final stage to Club Africain of Tunisia.