CAF Confederation Cup Medeama have achieved target, club captain declares

"This is our target, we've achieved it so we just going to participate, whatever comes up we take so we will see what happens the next time we qualify" - Muntari Tagoe

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play Medeama captain Muntari says his club just wanted to make it to the group stage
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Muntari Tagoe, skipper of Medeama SC was in sheer elation after helping his side to book their first group stage participation in the CAF Confederation Cup. The Tarkwa based side beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 at the Sekondi stadium on Wednesday to qualify on the away goal rule after losing 3-1 in Pretoria in the first leg of the play-off. 

The goalkeeper was proud about the team's progress in their second attempt to qualify. In 2014 the Mauves and Yellow agonizingly lost on penalty shootouts to AC Leopards of DR Congo in front of their home fans after a 2-2 aggregate score. 

The fans this time invaded the pitch after the game to mob their players in celebration of the club's progress. Crazy hugs, selfies, sprinkling of water on the players and jubilant chants to show their gratitude to the players for a job well done. 

Muntari thanked the fans for their support saying:

"We prayed to God and he has answered us. We worked hard and so heaven help those who help themselves. We thank all Ghanaians for coming to support us and we hope we will make them proud. This is the time we going to take on the big teams in the African continent so they should keep on supporting us and we are going to make them proud. We thank everyone". 

He however revealed that the team has a modest ambition of just being a participant in the group stage, as all they wanted to achieve was qualification so they could learn from there to set a higher target in their next attempt.

play Medeama won their game at the Sekondi stadium by two goals to nil against Sundowns

 

"This is our target, we've achieved it so we just going to participate, whatever comes up we take so we will see what happens the next time we qualify because this is our first time we will not put pressure on ourselves. We will just go and participate and see what will happen," he told Pulse.com.gh

Muntari had words of congratulations for his teammates and he said they did their best under the circumstance of great pressure. 

"They are learning very well and they are fighting very hard. This was a game of our lives and we have achieved it so I know from here everybody is going take it from here and achieve something.

"There was pressure on us but we were not scared. We were having pressure because we were hurrying to get goals and the goals were not coming until we had our second goal. So I think there was pressure, they (Sundowns) are a very good side so I think we've done our best". 

Muntari Tagoe conceded four goals in six qualifying matches but kept clean sheets in all three home games. The shot stopper hopes his consistent performance will soon earn him a foreign deal or national team call up. 

"I will say a foreign contract or a call up into the national team because we made everything possible to get this far so we just hoping for the best. You can't push yourself there; people have seen what I am made of so if the call up comes fine. I will take it". 

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