2 August 2012

Ghana: Chelsea Urges Caution Ahead of Al Alhy Clash

Berekum Chelsea President, Emmanuel Kyeremeh, is preaching caution ahead of his side's Caf Champions League game at Al Ahly on Saturday.

The 2010 Ghanaian champions will battle the record-holders at the Cairo Military stadium, knowing that victory under the feet of their host will cushion their ambitions of qualifying to the semi-final stage. But achieving that feat won't come on a silver platter, against the most successful club on the African continent.

The Cairo-based side are top of their group with maximum points from two games, and could seal their passage to the semis with success over the Blues at their own backyard. The attacking proficiency of the Ghanaians has been without doubt, with goal machine Emmanuel Clottey providing the source of the goals that have been scored by the side in the competition so far.

But there are many who fear their fragile defensive network could become a setback in their quest to win the title, and their bankroller is urging cool heads ahead of the big fixture this weekend. "What happened in the past is already history. We still have four matches to go and we have to win them in order to qualify for the semi-finals, then we can take it from there," Kyeremeh told 90 Minutes.

"We don't have to rest on our oars, rather we need to work harder and improve on what we have done so far. What is important is to qualify for the semi-finals because you cannot win the competition if you don't get to the semi-finals."

"If we knew we were not ready, we wouldn't have decided to play in Africa. It was voluntary; no one forced us to enter the tournament. We knew we had the players and the technical team capable of doing well so we expect to do even more,"

"It's a platform for the boys to market themselves apart from enhancing the image of the club. The attention will be on them, the focus in on them and any player who gets any good deal, we can't say no, if they have to move,"

"If a good offer comes for any player, we will just sit down and sign them away at the end of the competition."

Chelsea will leave Accra on Thursday for the game with head coach Johannes Van der Pluijm expected to announce his final squad by Wednesday evening. Ghanasoccernet

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