Coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor has responded to claims by his Zesco United counterpart, George Lwandamina, that Asante Kotoko have outlived their glory days.
C. K. Akonnor tells Kotoko Media Lwandamina can brag all he wants but that the pitch will decide on whether Asante Kotoko are capable of beating his side or not.
Lwandamina has told the media, ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup second group game at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Wednesday, he does not fear the Porcupines, who, he says, have lost their bite and only enjoying from past glories.
Lwandamina’s Zega Mambo made the group stage by beating South African giants Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in Zambia and 2-1 away, and Akonnor feels the former may have been intoxicated by that feat.
“I don’t mind”, says Akonnor in his response to Lwandamina’s claims.
“He knows his team, he’s done well, he went to South Africa and won so that probably has given him the necessary confidence to be talking like that.”
“But, he would know whether we are not as strong as we used to be when we meet and play.”
“Asante Kotoko were very strong years back, but we have not played at this level in Africa for 11 years.”
“That could also be the reason he said that, but every good thing has a beginning. We began well and I believe it will continue,” says Akonnor.