By Ameenu Shardow
Coach Mas-Ud Dramani insists Asante Kotoko will not underrate Sony Nguema despite admitting the draw was kind to his side.
The Ghanaian champions are making a return to the CAF Champions League after a three year absence.
They have however been drawn against the relatively unknown Equatorial Guinean side in the first preliminary round of the continental competition.
Kotokoâ€™s kind draw has seen many of its supporters take on a bullish attitude ahead of the tie to be played in February next year.
But coach Dramani though admitting to the â€˜easyâ€™ draw says Sony Nguema will not be underrated.
â€œI think the draw was fair to us but they (Sony Nguema) will not be a cheap side,â€ he told GHANAsoccernet.com.
â€œThey have been around for some time now and at this stage every team is a formidable side.
â€œWe have to remain focused and prepare very well for the match.â€
Dramani recognized playing the first leg at home provides his team a fine opportunity to kill the tie before the return encounter.
â€œWe are lucky we are playing at home because it lifts the pressure off the boys for the second leg,â€ he adds.
â€œSo if we are able to get a good result, it will ease the pressure and tension in the team for the away game.â€
Kotoko will host Nguema on February 17 before travelling to Malabo for the return encounter a fortnight after.