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Afful targets Champions League glory with Esperance

Published on: 16 July 2010

Ghana international Harrison Afful hopes to make a huge impact in the Caf Champions League when Esperance play at Algerian side Entente Setif on Friday night.

The left-back who missed out on Ghana's World Cup campaign has targeted to impress to win back his place in the team.

Afful won the Tunisian League title last term and believes he is steeled for the test in the continent's flagship club tournament.

"I have been praying for the moment to play in the Champions League because I was not registered for the qualifying rounds and I hope to make an impact," Afful told

"I have to be sincere here, I want to play and find my way back into the national team. It will come with hard work and I am ready for that."

The Group stages of the Caf Champions League begin this weekend.


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  • sabacious says:
    July 16, 2010 08:41 am
    is good to dream big and i really like ur courage but i must say,u are not a blackstars material for now.i may prefer davidson drobo ampem who is gonna play the bundesliga with st paul this season,nana akwasi who has be consistent for utrecht and even lee addy for the left back for the stars.anyway wishing u all the best.
  • sabacious says:
    July 16, 2010 08:50 am
    i hope milo and the nyantakyi led gfa watched the wonderful performance of nana akwasi lastnite in the europa league which he even scored the third goal for his side.i wonder what milo expect from this young chap before inviting him? he is tried and tested player and has proven it in the holland league and now in the europa league.i dont understand why rahim ayew lee addy are always choosen ahead of him.this are some of our concerns about milo.
  • K Duah frm Worcester UK says:
    July 16, 2010 08:53 am
    @ Sabacious; I followed up on this guy you recommended for a call up to the black stars,Charles Takyi,and i think he deserves a call up.Watched some clips of him and must say he is good.He will add a lot of depth in our midfield
  • k says:
    July 16, 2010 11:31 am
    Is dis dude still playing soccer??????????
  • maka says:
    July 16, 2010 01:54 pm
    I keep saying this: we have the materials and players to win the world cup, but as long as GFA does not put their house in order, we shall continue to fail. Let's be honest, with Charles Takyi, Drobo Ampem, Nana Akwasi, Prince Buaben, Danny Welbeck, Jordan Ayew, Jonathan Mensah, Vorsah, Adiyiah, Dede, Adam Kwarasey, Lenny Sowah, etc...the list goes on and on...we can have 3 different black stars who are equally matched and good! We have clinical finishers and players for all positions, but TRUST GFA and Milo----the right players would never be invited! See what almost happened to Kevin Boateng during his switch? See what they did to Adam Kwarasey and everyone who might try to switch! Milo never calls everyone to justify their inclusion -- he calls those whom he is familiar with and have some links with his agency. He doesn't care whether we win the cup or not, but I guess if he was coaching Serbia, the fans would have either forced him to pick the right players, or they would have burnt his house down if he used them in wrong positions as he's doing in Ghana. Milo, GFA, who does your monitoring for you? I wonder why you never go on the look for players to beef up the black stars so that we don't lack in any position on any day at any time----and then we we wouldn't need to worry whether Essien gets injured or not, so that players don't have to improvise to play others' that each one plays in their natural roles! Milo must learn how the black stars players are used in their clubs in order to get the best out of them. Prince Tagoe became a liability because he was "misused". Same for K. Asamoah and even Adiyiah...or Derek Boateng! What prevents Milo from calling several excellent players to justify their inclusion and playing them in their natural positions to fit his plan? People, mark my words: instead of Milo calling Akwasi Asare or David Addy to replace Sarpei, Kawarasey to replace Olele, Prince Buaben, Charles Takyi for Essien/Appiah/, Danny Welbeck for Amoah, Lenny Sowah for Paintsil (and moving Inkoom to midfield), utilizing Quincy Abeyie as needed, and several more other options,....mark it, this coach will again fall on the new under-20 who are about to start their qualifiers and leave the matured talents to 'rot' while we go experimenting again---just mark it on the wall. Milo must not be kept people, but in case he is kept, then he must be given a higher target considering the quality we have. If Nigeria, Uruguay, even Brazil or Argentina have half of the talent we have, the world cup trophy would never leave south America. And strangely, Africa, with all the abundant talent we have...especially Ghana, have never been able to win a world cup..why?...why? Milo must not wear players out by always calling the same players even when its for friendlies. Milo, a good coach must always get a WIDE pool of players at all times, so that in case someone is unavailable or have pressing commitments, others could step in without you complaining or Ghanaians getting worried! We have players for each position if you can look out well your eyes, watch the Europa league, Champions league, other leagues or lower divisions in other countries, invite other players since you know these ones already, cap those who are dual citizens and could opt for other countries....STOP FOLLOWING BALLOTELLI, discover and develop what you have in Ghana and abroad...and be open minded about different formations because we don't need the 1-goal project in 2012, 2013 (CAN), and 2014 (mundial) should you be retained. Regardless of how we defend, we should still be able to score more goals. How did Holland do it? How does Germany do it? How did Spain do it? Wise up GFA, wise up Milo, wise up Edward Ansah (the most useless of the trainers - he hasn't developed or discovered one single stand out keeper...and neither did he see the use of Kwarasey to press GFA to cap him). Ghana is watching, and the time for mediocrity is over! You either perform or you are ousted. By the way, we need a new administration for GFA - NYANTAKYI, ITS TIME UP for you and your cronies, because Ghana is way below where we are supposed to be! God bless Ghana!
  • PLAIN TRUTH says:
    July 16, 2010 05:50 pm
    NOW all the MILO-HATING AWAM COACHES appears to be learning common sense. We thank God 4 that.
  • BLAZEE says:
    July 17, 2010 06:16 am
    Just go check his website out and see what He got, I wouldn't be surprise if they win this years champion league trophy because of his major contribution in the team.
  • don says:
    July 27, 2010 09:46 pm
    kwasia, milo took us to a quarter final which we were even cheated out of, so dont blame him, ghana will continue to improve and be a dominant force in football mark my words