Medeama SC head coach Prince Owusu has hailed his players for their hard-fought 3:2 victory over Congolese champions TP Mazembe in their CAF Confederation Cup group stage game.
Medeama took a comfortable two-goal lead but the Congolese side hit back all two goals to set up a tense finale inside the Essipong stadium before Medeama snatched a sensational winner.
After half an hour without a goal, Atta Adjei put Medeama ahead in the 33rd minute and Moses Sarpong converted a 58th minute penalty to give Medeama what seemed an unassailable lead.
But TP Mezembe would not lie low and they quickly pulled one goal back just four minutes after Medeama’s second through Jonathan Bolingi.
Just ten minutes later, danger man Kalaba stunned the home side with the equaliser, which ensured a tense, frustrating final minutes for Medeama.
With group rivals MO Bejaia losing in Tanzania on Saturday, Medeama were aware a win would give them a huge boos towards a semifinal spot and they did all they could for the winner in the final minutes.
As the board went up at the end of 90 minutes for four minutes of additional time, many would have given up. But inspired by their motto, Medeama never gave and in the last minute of added time, star man Kwesi Donsu send the stadium agog with a dramatic winner.
Speaking to Asempa Sports after the match, Owusu said. “So far as I have won this match, I don’t care whatever people say about me.
“It was a very tough match and we needed to work hard and I wish you were in my shoes to feel the heat out there but I am really working on that for the team to be better.
“When we go offensively, they suffer a lot and they tried to play defensive game when they equalized the goals. They tried to play delay tactics but it was clear that my boys wanted to go all out and get a win for us.
“With no doubt, they are fantastic team and they played very well and their two goals that they scored was very classic and I really like the effort they showed up. I told my players that, this is a very big team and I call them Africa United. It wasn’t easy but I told them to go all out and I saw in the first half that they were trying to defend and they weren’t coming in as they did in the second half.
“When they saw that they were down by two goals, they had nothing to lose than to open up to get goals and we took advantage of that to get the last goal.” Owusu added.
Medeama SC are second on the table with eight points, two points away from group leaders TP Mazembe.
A win for the Ghanaian side in their game against MO Bejaia will see them qualify for the Semifinals.