A David and Goliath affair expected on Sunday as the Porcupine Warriors kick off their Africa campaign in the 2014 Caf Champions League
Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s latest continental campaign kick starts over the weekend against Liberia's Barrack Young Controllers at the Baba Yara Stadium in the preliminary qualification round of the 2014 Caf Champions League.
Kotoko's preparation for the first game of the two-legged tie would be boosted significantly by the return of eight of the club's regulars who helped the local Black Stars to the finale of the just-ended CHAN.
Hopefully coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani will right the wrongs that plagued his side's African adventures last term and produce a performance that would lay down a marker for the two-time Champions League winners' intentions to re-establish themselves as a force to reckon with.
Primarily, the club would do well to guard against the very flaw which forward Aziz Yusif cites as the main reason why the team’s exercise in 2013 came to naught.
“We went out because of complacency and we shouldn’t repeat that mistake again," Yusif was quoted as saying. "What happened the last time should teach us that everything is possible in football and that it is never over until everything is over."
The Porcupine Warriors' opponents, reigning Liberian league champions BYC, have little to no pedigree in African club competition; the club's president, in a recent interview, conceded that much ahead of Sunday's game.
“Kotoko is a team we have a great deal of respect for, with a great history in Africa,” Mohamed Sekou Massalay told Kumasi-based Angel FM, before adding rather ambitiously: “We will pull off a serious fight and surprise in Kumasi. We definitely think we can qualify at the expense of Kotoko. Football is about current form, not past history.
“We are more than determined to also make history and the only way to do that is to beat Kotoko.”
With an obvious David v Goliath affair on the cards, then there could only be excitement and intrigue aplenty when the pair clash.