The first leg, played on March 15 in Bejaia ended goalless. The Algerians arrived in Accra on Wednesday and before leaving for Kumasi, their Ambassador to Ghana; H. E. Larbi Katti who spoke on their behalf, said in a brief interview that they expect a good game in Kumasi.
“We are looking forward to a good match” Ambassador Katti said in at the airport. The 29-man contingent from Bejaia comprises 17 players and 12 officials. They were led to Kumasi by Deputy Kotoko Accra Rep, Nana Kwame Dankwa and an official from the GFA, Daniel Oduro.
They checked into Anita Hotel at Ejisu near Kumasi and have been training at a facility in the same area. Knowing that kickoff time for the game is 2pm, JSM Bejaia trained between 2 and 3 pm on Thursday to have a feel of how conditions will be like on the match day assuming nothing is to change.
Kotoko have also been preparing feverishly for the game and are fully aware that only a win will secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.