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Mazembe's "Ghana Connection"
While a Ghanaian club has never competed in the FIFA Club World Cup, a group of Ghanaians could play an important role in Japan this month. TP Mazembe from DR Congo secured the CAF Champions League title for the fifth time with a 4-1 win over USM Algiers in November. The French coach Patrice Carteron used five players from the West African country in the course of the competition, four of them played in the final. FIFA.com spoke to one of them and asked the coach to briefly introduce the five key players ahead of the Club World Cup.
Richard Kissi Boateng moved up to Mazembes first team due to the injury of another player, but then presented himself in top form and won the trust of the coach and a regular place in the team. His sprints over the left flank could well attract attention in Japan, where * Les Corbeaux * have to face the winner from the game between Auckland City and the J.League champions in the quarter-finals. The 27-year-old defender believes Mazembe can take on the other teams, including potential semi-final opponent River Plate. "We don't have to be afraid of other clubs. Of course we respect our opponents as they are the best teams on each continent, but we don't have to be afraid of them."
Boateng feels strengthened by his compatriots, but at the same time finds that the group is well integrated into the multi-national team. "We spend a lot of time together. That makes it easier for all of us to stay in a foreign country. Of course, we also get along very well on the pitch, and that applies to the entire team."
The defender's optimism is not unfounded, as Mazembe succeeded in 2010 as the first non-European or South American team to advance to the final of the Club World Cup after a surprise win against Copa Libertadores winners Internacional Porto Alegre. In the final they lost to Inter Milan, but the African champions proved that they could take on the big players. "Why shouldn't we be able to build on this success or make it even better? We have the structure and the players. We have a lot of international experience, so I don't think we will travel to Japan as a point supplier." , said Boateng.
Boateng joined the Lubumbashi-based club after an impressive performance in the 2012 Champions League for Ghanaian surprise team Berekum Chelsea. In the group stage, the new team, named after the English top club, faced Mazembe, and Boateng was one of the stars of his team in the unexpected victory. Then the club from the DR Congo decided to secure his services. Now he hopes to attract even more attention on the world stage and to be able to return to the Ghanaian national team. Although he was part of Ghana's squad at the 2013 CAF African Cup of Nations, he was only used in the game for third place against Mali. "All I can do is play as well as I can. Playing at the Club World Cup should certainly improve my chances."
Carteron gives us an insight
The French coach Carteron played as a defender at a high European level for a decade. The 45-year-old made a name for himself as a coach when he was responsible for Mali at the 2013 CAF African Nations Cup. A short time later, he took the helm at Mazembe and led the multinational team from one success to the next. With a good mix of young and experienced players, he managed to bring more depth to the squad. The trainer describes his "Ghana Connection" to us below.
* About Yaw Frimpong: * "He is a right full-back who impresses with his offensive qualities and is able to penetrate the opposing lines. He has also improved a lot on the defensive. Yaw has recognized that balance in the team is essential He reminds me of Brazilian defenders like Dani Alves or Cafu. "
* About Richard Boateng: * "He took advantage of the injury-related loss of Jean Kasusula and secured a regular place in left defense. He is an aggressive player and also very versatile as he can also be used in left midfield and left winger. He has to become more consistent, but the games he has played for Ghana's national team have matured him. "
About Daniel Adjei: "He's a playmaker who acts in front of the defense. He's active and tactically intelligent. Daniel has good passing skills - long and short passes. Technically he's a very interesting player and quick to move forward. He's kind of like Setting the pace for the team, but still has to learn to follow a good performance with the next. He's a very personable person. "
About Solomon Asante: "His nickname is El Diablo. He is a whirlwind with a small stature and a low center of gravity. He's an intelligent player, a true leader on the field and in the dressing room. He was better last year because this season he has sometimes been mentally and physically in a bad form. "
About Gladson Awako: "He's a real 'number ten' with excellent technique and game overview. He reminds me of Alain Giresse. He should play a role in Japan, but he has to show more mental strength as he could develop into a leader."
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