Asante Kotoko coach Charles Akonnor was a satisfied man after holding Kariobangi Sharks to a barren draw in their Caf Confederation Cup first round match played at Kasarani stadium on Saturday.
Kotoko seemingly came into this match to avoid defeat as witnessed after the final whistle when the entire technical bench jumped into celebration.
The 24-time Ghanaian champions will host Sharks in Kumasi next Saturday with a win enough to take them to the playoff round.
“We are satisfied because we didn’t lose. We’ve to go back home and do our homework to win next Saturday,” Akonnor told journalists in a post-match interview.
“This is an away match against a team that scored six goals in the last match, we must be satisfied with this good result. We know what to do to win at home because our target is to qualify,” he added.
The former Ghanaian international hailed his players for sticking to the game plan.
“Tactically we were disciplined and we made it difficult for them. They are a solid team that has played together for a long time,” he concluded.
On his side, Sharks coach William Muluya put up a brave face despite his charges wasting numerous scoring chances.
“It’s a good performance only that we didn’t score. I still believe that we can make it to the next round,” he said.
“We will work on how to score while in Ghana because any scoring draw will take us through,” concluded Muluya adding that the injured striker Sydney Lokale will be available for the return leg.
Sharks shift focus to their rescheduled league fixture against Sony Sugar on Tuesday at Kasarani.