Aduana Stars Coach, Yusif Abubakar, has blamed severe weather conditions in Algeria as the cause of his team’s defeat to ES Setif in the second leg of the CAF Champions League eliminator.
Aduana Stars were handed a 4-0 thumping in Algiers to end the tie on a 4-1 aggregate in favour of the Algerians who were defeated 1-0 in the first leg encounter at the Nana Agymenag Badu II Park in Dormaa, Brong Ahafo Region.
It was always going to be a herculean task for Aduana ahead of the second leg at the Stade 8 Mai 1945, but Abubakar was adamant his side would have had a better opportunity but for the freezing cold temperatures in Algiers.
“They are a good team that plays good football, but if you want to be fair, this weather should not be accepted for football games, if you have to take advantage of this weather to win a football game then it doesn’t help football”. He said.
“If they think they will be using this to beat teams from West Africa then they will be in trouble when they come to West Africa and have to face very hot temperatures. I’m not saying they are a bad team, but CAF needs to look into some of these things.” He added.
Aduana Stars will now take part in the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs with 15 other teams who have fallen out of the CAF Champions League qualifiers.
Aduana Stars will know their opponent in the CAF Confederations Cup in the playoff round on Wednesday in draw that will be held to pair the 16 eliminated teams from the Champions League and 16 qualified teams in the Confederations Cup.
…with Gottlieb Baako