It has taken fourteen long years for Ebusua Dwarfs to weave their way back to the CAF inter club competitions.
After more than a decade in the wilderness, the Cape Coast club has been quick to highlight the ultimate as target for the competition they star as debutants.
Dwarfs play host to Petro Atletico at the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast on Sunday 2nd March, a game that could define Dwarfs’ journey in the competition they profess to have the quality to win.
The host will be first to admit that posting a convincing win over Atletico, who last visited Ghana in 2004 when they lost 2-1 to Asante Kotoko in a Confederations Cup group phase meeting could mark a giant step towards progress.
Rashid Iddi, assistant coach of Dwarfs who stared in the team’s campaign fourteen years ago has underscored Dwarfs technical competence and the quality of personnel as their spine in the competition.
In Iddi’s own words, “With the kind of technical quality we have, I see this club going very far. We also have quality in the team and I have an undying confidence in what this team can do.” Iddi, just like the club and its loyal faithful however, have eschewed complacency, emphasizing why every team that has qualified to this stage deserve respect.
Beninois import, David Gomez who leads Dwarfs attack sums up the feeling. “It is my first experience ever in a continental competition and I am very excited to play my part. “We know it will be tough to win the trophy because no team will be easy. I used to watch Atletico a long time ago when I was little, now I get to play against them and we are ready because we work very hard.”
With Dwarfs’ sight firmly on the trophy, Iddi reckons anything short could be considered a failure. “We will consider it a failure if we do not lift the cup’ describing the team’s philosophy of ‘all defending and all attacking’ as a trait to push them on.
Gomez almost sings the same chorus in describing the team as one with “a strong bond and one spirit” to reach their destination. Atletico’s last visit had Flavio Amado, this time Dwarfs will be keeping an eye on a Ghanaian brother, Ben Acheampong as the two sides square off for a desired progress. Dwarfs without doubt plays as underdogs that can however count of the experience of Francis Morten, Joshua Oninka and the likes to keep dreaming.