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Don’t adopt defensive style against Horoya AC – Coach JE Sarpong tells Medeama

J. E. Sarpong, a former coach of the Ebusua Dwarfs and the Great Olympics, has cautioned Medeama SC not to play defensively when they face Horoya AC.

In the second leg of the CAF Champions League qualifying matches, the General Lansana Conte Stadium will host the Ghana Premier League.

Medeama won the first leg 3-1 at Cape Coast Stadium going into the second leg.

The veteran Ghanaian coach Sarpong has urged the Yellow and Mauve teams to play aggressively and avoid complacency before the game.

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According to the tactical approach to the game and the strategy adopted when travelling to play, “Africa does not have an advantage at home or away,” he told Accra-based Radio Gold.

You will get into trouble if you visit and attempt to recline.

So I anticipate Medeama to engage in play and go head-to-head with them.

“They will be able to qualify and come back, but when they sit back and try to absorb pressure with the expectation that they will go on the counter, you do not know the Arsenal of those people you are going to play,” said the coach.

They are very disciplined, and they also play at home.

“So my advice is to play freely but take your time while doing so.

Just maintain your composure, combine your passes, and avoid rushing to score because it is very risky to do so.

I will give the club the advice of “and then you go, you close your back,” he continued.

To be eligible for the money zone of the 2023/24 CAF Champions League, Medeama SC must win or finish in a tie.

The Tarkwa-based club will become the first Ghanaian team to make it to the group stage of the tournament in close to a decade since Berekum Chelsea.

It will also be the second time Medeama is reaching the stage of a continental champion after previously achieving the mark in the CAF Confederation Cup in 20216.

 

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