Head coach for Ashgold Bashiru Hayford has stated that the Ghana Premier league champions can only overcome their North African opposition, if they are able to neutralize their superiority in aerial balls.
The Miners will host M.O Bejaia on Sunday in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Preliminary stage at the Obuasi Len Clay Sports Stadium.
Bashiru Hayford, having watched the video footages of Bejaia has been able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and is optimistic he is taking his team through the right training rudiments in order to coil their threats as they capitalize on their deficiencies.
“I have had the benefit to watch videos of their games and I realised most of their goals were scored from headers. They operate most often from the wings and take advantage of their height to score from headers.
“They are very strong, so our defenders also need to match them in the air and also be a bit physical. At the same time any time we attack them by using air balls, they will clear such balls and they won’t cause any threat upfront, so we will put them down and in situations whereby they get all the air balls from the 18-yard box, we would have to shoot from behind to catch them unaware,” he told Atinka.
Ashgjold have not had the best of results in the pre-season: lost the SWAG Cup, missed out on the G6 tournament and lost the Super Cup to Medeama last week Sunday.
M.O Bejaia will arrive in Ghana on Friday ahead of the game on Sunday.
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