Kwame Baah has backed Asante Kotoko to play in the 2021/2022 CAF Champions League in the event that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) cancels the current Premier League campaign.
The Porcupines, as champions of the 2019 Normalisation Committee Tier One Cup which the GFA says is equal to the Premier League, would be picked to represent the country in the 2021/2022 edition of the continent’s elite interclub competition should the league be cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, a section of the public thinks that the Porcupines should turn down the offer because, according to them, the club lacks the quality players and experience needed to force a better campaign.
Speaking with Kotoko Express App, Kwame Baah discredits the claims, saying that, the Porcupines does not lack the personnel and experience for that course.
“I disagree with those who say that, we do not have what it takes to compete in Africa,” says the Kotoko and the national U23 current first-choice goalkeeper. “In this job of ours, you can not gain experience from sitting idle and dodging key competition but from trying and trying again even when you do not reach your target.”
“We, for the first time in about ten years, reached the group stage of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup, and although the 2019 campaign did not go as well, we still have to keep pushing. That is how you gain the experience needed to win a cup.”
“The players are very ready to play. What we need is mental toughness. We may lack a bit in strength because we, by then, might have stayed at home for a long time. But we have a very good and experienced coach and he will know exactly what to bring us up to speed.”
“The current generation also wants to win an African cup for the club,” continues Kwame Baah. “We also want our names to be written in gold in the history of the club. We are encouraged every time we hear of the exploits of the 1970 and the 1983 Champions League winning squad.”