CAF CC Preview: Medeama SC host Al Shendy

It would be Medeama’s game to lose when they host Sudanese side El Ahly Shandi in the Caf Confederations Cup at the Sekondi-Essipong Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

The Yellow and Mauves are hoping to make the most of their home advantage after holding Shandi to a goalless draw in the first leg in Sudan.

The Ghanaians, however, come into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Hasaacas in the local topflight last week.

The Tarkwa-based side beat Libyan club Al-Ittihad Tripoli for passage to this stage, but are not faring too well in the Ghana Premier League, having won just two of seven games and currently sitting 11th on the table.

Nonetheless,  their impressive away draw in the first leg could be a huge motivation against the visiting team.

“We’re not going to get complacent at all,” Medeama president Moses Armah said ahead of the game. “We need to finish the job. The battle ahead won’t be easy, but we’re confident of progressing to the next stage of the competition.”

Coach Tom Strand is expected to keep faith with the likes of goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe, Kwesi Donsu, Malik Akowuah and Mohammed Abass who were all handed starting spots in the first leg.

El Shandi, on the other hand, are untested since the first encounter. Their last action in the Sudanese league remains a 3-0 thrashing of Al-Nil on April 4.

The Sudanese outfit reached the second round of the continental competition courtesy of the away goal rule after a 2-2 aggregate draw with Congolese side Saint Eloi Lupopo.

Bissau-Guinean official Fidel Gomes has been appointed as Wednesday’s match referee,

The winner advances to the play-off round where they will be joined by seven other clubs from the second round as well as the eight losers from the Caf Champions League second round.

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