Lions set for continental challenge

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Heart of Lions are hoping to get their continental campaign off to a good start this weekend when they travel to Ouagadougou for Saturday’s preliminary qualifying round of the Caf Champions League.

The Kpando-based side would be away to Etoile Filante in the first leg as they take part in their maiden continental competition.

Despite the club not noted for high profile signings, club CEO Walter Yankah believes the squad is tactically good to play on the continental stage.

“The club has always brought on players rather than buy big names. And it has served as well. Remember, we came second last season.

“The players we have are good technically and they would be equal to the task tactically when the need be.

“Of course, it’s a first (continental appearance) for over 90% of the playing squad and even the other members of the team but we would be up for it,” Walter Yankah said in a TV interview on Thursday.

This would be the clubs second involvement in a Caf competition. Lions could have been part of the Confederation Cup in 2004 after qualifying but withdrew from the competition citing financial constraints and were handed a one-year ban.

Lions placed second last term in the domestic competition and qualified alongside, Asante Kotoko who have earned a first round bye in the competition.