Preview: Bejaia vs. Ashanti Gold: Miners out to defend slim lead

Ashanti Gold skipper Eric Kwaku Opoku has warned his teammates of the challenge ahead as they play Algerian side M.O Bejaia in the preliminary stage of the Caf Champions League on Sunday.

The Ghana champions hold a 1-0 advantage thanks to Tijani Joshua’s lone strike in the second half of the first leg but the Miners captain believes majority of the work is yet to be done since they were unable to make their numerical advantage count in the first leg.

Adel Lakhdari saw red with more than 30 minutes left but Ashanti Gold weren’t able to find the back of the net again in his absence.

“Anybody who knows about football especially African club competition knows that North Africans are very good and can cause an upset any moment,” Opoku said.

“We could’ve killed the game in Obuasi a fortnight ago but it didn’t happen. Although, we have one goal that they must cancel out before thinking of winning the tie, I still think it’s a tricky trip. The players are aware but it’s our aim to eliminate Bejaia,” he added.

Bejaia, after the first leg, have conceded two defeats. They lost 2-1 after extra time and 1-0 to NA Hussein Dey FC and USM Alger in the Algerian Coupe Nationale and in the Ligue 1 respectively.

Ashanti Gold have no injury worries since Bashir Hayford named an unchanged 18-man squad for the trip.

With Club Africain eliminating Ivorian side Tanda FC with 2-0 aggregate on Friday, the Miners will travel up north again should they see off Bejaia.

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