Mazembe’s Boateng upbeat ahead of Club World Cup

TP Mazembe Ghanaian defender Richard Kissi Boateng has revealed his side’s readiness for the 2015 Fifa Club World Cup scheduled for kickoff in Japan on Thursday.

The Congolese club are Africa’s representatives for the tournament following a 4-1 aggregate triumph over Algerian side USM Alger in the final of the 2015 Caf Champions League.

In 2010, Mazembe became the first non-European or South American club to qualify for the final of the Club World Cup after stunning Copa Libertadores champions Internacional in the semis. The Ravens, however, fell to Inter Milan in the grand finale.

“We have to fear no other club,” Boateng told Fifa.com. “Of course we will respect our opponents as they are the best teams from their continents, but we do not have to be scared of them.

“Why should we not repeat that 2010 success, or even go one better? We have the structure and we have the players. We have a lot of international experience, so I think we will certainly not travel to Japan to make up the numbers.”

Boateng is one of five Ghanaians in coach Patrice Carteron’s 23-man squad taking part in the competition. Solomon Asante, Gladson Awako, Daniel Nii Adjei and Yaw Frimpong complete the Ghanaian quintet.

“We spend a lot of time together and that makes it easier for all of us being in a foreign country,” Boateng revealed.

“There’s obviously a very good understanding on the field as well, although there is a good understanding throughout the team.”

The five-time African champions await the winner of the Sanfrecce Hiroshima-Auckland City clash for a quarter-final date on December 13.