Medeama coach Evans Adotey has conveyed his admiration for Tanzanian champions Yanga SC ahead of their upcoming CAF Champions League encounter on Friday in Kumasi.
After a challenging start to their campaign with a loss to Al Ahly, Medeama rebounded with a 2-1 comeback victory against CR Belouizdad, earning them three points and renewed confidence in the group stage.
Yanga SC, however, has faced consecutive losses to CR Belouizdad and Al Ahly, placing them at the bottom of the group with zero points and a -3 goal difference. Their precarious position makes the upcoming clash crucial for their hopes of advancement.
Adotey acknowledged the challenges ahead, emphasizing the importance of securing three home victories to enhance their qualification chances. With only two teams advancing to the next phase, Adotey stressed the significance of preparation and execution.
Expressing his respect for Yanga SC, Adotey recalled their previous encounter in 2016 and highlighted the need for thorough preparation.
“I’ve absolute respect for Yanga. Yanga is a team I’ve met and played them before in 2016 if my memory serves me right. Encountering them this time around, I’ve observed them.”
He maintained a cautious approach, recognizing that Yanga’s current struggles don’t rule them out of contention, stating, “They are a very good side I must say, and so the pitch will decide. But for me, I just have to prepare well and ensure by the close of the day, I’m up.”
Medeama’s overarching objective is to accumulate nine points from their home fixtures and secure at least two away points, aiming for a total of 11 points to ensure qualification in a competitive group.