Ashgold wary of Bejaia ahead of Champions League clash

Ashanti Gold are treading cautiously ahead of their 2016 Caf Champions League preliminary round clash with Algerian side MO Bejaia on Sunday.

The two sides are set to battle for a place in the first round when they square off at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.

Although midfielder Eric Opoku admits the North Africans come into the game with an upper hand, he reveals the Miners are rightly bracing themselves up for the challenge.

“We have seen video footages of their games on numerous occasions,” the 2014-15 Ghana Premier League Most Valuable Player was quoted as saying by Sports Crusader.

“Their physique, [stature] and height give them an advantage going into the game but we have deployed a strategy [which is] to keep the ball down to our advantage.

“They are well-organised and with their league still in session, they are fitter for the game than we are.

“We will have to defend more and play on the counter attack as we are behind in terms of match fitness.”

Ghana’s sole representatives in the continental club competition after claiming the 2014-15 topflight title, Ashgold will come up against Tunisia’s Club Africain or AS Tanda of Cote d’Ivoire in the first round should they overcome Bejaia over two legs.

The Miners’ last attempt for continental glory ended in a first round exit at the hands of North African side JS Kabylie in 2008.

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