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Richard Manu: ‘Africa experience’ key for Kotoko’s Confed Cup campaign

Retired defender Richard Manu has a word of advice for his former club Asante Kotoko who will be playing in Africa next year. 

The Ghanaian FA Cup winners, were on Wednesday, paired against Congo’s Cara Brazzaville in the preliminary round of next year’s Confederation Cup.

And according to Manu, who was part of Bashiru Hayford’s Kotoko side that reached the group stage of the 2008 Confederation Cup, the Porcupine Warriors will need players with rich Africa football experience if the club is to repeat the 2008 feat.

“Experience is going to be very key if Kotoko want to reach the group stage as we did in 2008. At that time we had Osei Kuffour who was like a coach on the pitch. He was true leader with vast experience in the African game and he made things lot easier,” Manu told Kumasi-based Metro FM Thursday morning.

“Kuffour was very influential. The likes of Nii Adjei and Jordan Opoku were greenhorns in Africa but it was Kuffour who directed them on the pitch. ”

“We had other players like Stephen Oduro and Nana Arhin Duah and co who were all experienced and it helped us” the former center back added.

The first leg of the tie will be played in Kumasi on February 11 before Kotoko travel to Brazzaville to contest the second leg some with a little over a week interval between the two confrontations.





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