We don’t fare well against North African sides – Fianoo

The chief executive officer of Ashanti Gold, Kudjoe Fianoo, admits his side have been handed a tricky draw in the 2016 Caf Champions League, but remains optimistic of a positive outcome.

The Miners have been paired against Algerian side MO Bejaia in the preliminary round draw held on Friday.

“We haven’t fared well anytime we meet clubs from North Africa, but there is a turning point in every endeavour and we think that this time we will slip through,” Fianoo told Joy Sports.

“We have lost some players, so we have made the right recruitment, and the club is deep into preseason training.

“We will make sure by Valentine’s Day next year, we are ready for any opponent.”

Friday’s draw was slightly different from that of previous years which usually paired teams from same geographical zone in the preliminary round.

“I thought the balloting will follow the pattern as it was during our previous days in Africa when we played west African sides before facing northern Africa opponents,” Fianoo added.

“I was a bit surprised but that notwithstanding, having qualified for the CAF Champions league, we are ready to face any opposition that comes our way. It’s going to be a tall order.”

Ashgold are Ghana’s sole representatives for the 2016 Caf Champions League.