Emmanuel Clottey

The change of venue for the Chelsea-Zamalek Champions League clash has had no effect on either the playing or technical body of the Ghanaian team.

Rather, it has heightened optimism in camp. The Berekum-based club are hoping to replicate their President?s Cup form as they host their North African counterparts at the Accra Stadium this afternoon.

Chelsea go into the game without instrumental skipper Abdul Basit, who is still nursing an injury.

But club president Emmanuel Kyeremeh is confident with or without their key performer, the razor sharp form midfield duo of Gladson Awako and Jordan Opoku will take care of the situation.

?The boys are aware of what is at stake, and are more than determined to do themselves proud. It is our first Group match and a win will urge us on to continue our exploits,? he said in a four-minute telephone interview yesterday.

?Like the Golden City Park, the Accra stadium has equally favoured us, a few days ago. We left good footprints by lifting the President?s Cup for the second time running. That alone is enough motivation, so the change of venue has not affected the team in anyway. Don?t forget we won all our Golden City games on fair grounds. We shall surely emerge victorious,? he added.

The Egyptians who trained at the Accra stadium last night admitted the enormity of the task despite their pedigree on the terrain.

Coach Hassan Shehata has explained in an interview how lethal the Ghanaians can be and that they have worked out a strategy to contain their West African opponents.

Striker Emmanuel Clottey?s name has emerged in the Egyptian camp as the player to be wary of. But the coach has again pointed out that he will take care of him.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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