IMPRESSIVE Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan, has disclosed that it is his target to keep clean sheets for the remainder of the ‘Reds’ campaign in the 2018/19 CAF Confederation competition.
The colourful goalkeeper has been the backbone of Kotoko’s compelling performances and resurging run, thus far.
However, Annan has kept only two clean sheets in the process for Asante Kotoko SC, conceding nine goals in eight matches.
However, Kotoko conceding goals might be a thing of the past.
In an exclusive interview with ekowasmahsports.com after Kotoko’s emphatic 3-0 victory in Kumasi over Nkana FC, the flambuoyant No. 1 for the Porcupines says he will keep on working relentlessly to keep clean sheets, on the heels of Sunday’s.
“It’s always been a target in every game to keep a clean sheet but sometimes it doesn’t come. I have been working assiduously to keep a clean sheet, and, I am happy it happened on Sunday.”
Kotoko, currently second in the group will attempt to dislodge topdogs, Al Hilal of Sudan, Sunday, to avenge the 1-0 first round loss on the road, and enhance their chances to progress in the competition.
Hilal have the best away record in the competition, having managed a 1-1 draw at Zesco United one week after falling 1-2 at Nkana.
Zesco, Nkana and Kotoko have lost both away matches.
However, the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi has proved for Kotoko an impregnable fortress where the bravest oppositions bite the dust, a fate likely to befall cocksure Hilal who are yet to win on the road, especially if Annan does keep a clean sheet.
Given that common opponent, Zesco United whom Hilal tied 1-1 on the road succumbed 1-2 in Kumasi, and the fact that Hilal have scored a goal each in both road matches, it’s a safe bet Kotoko can manage a similar 2-1 margin, Sunday, though Annan would prefer a 2-0 Kotoko victory.