Justice Blay, Kotoko midfield says the team is ready for a difficult atmosphere and in fact, any other difficulty that will spring up in Tunisia when they face Etoile Sportive du Sahel on Sunday.
According to the hardworking defensive midfielder, the players are psychologically ready for any reception.
The Porcupines play the one-time Champions League winners in the return leg on Sunday, hoping to protect a 2-0 lead from the first leg game at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Justice Blay told Kotoko Express before the team left Kumasi for Accra on Wednesday that, they are expecting a warm reception when they arrive in Tunisia and a less intimidating atmosphere at the stadium.
The opposite, he said, would not scare them as they are ready for everything that would be thrown on them by the hosts. “We gave them a good reception when they came to Kumasi for the first leg. We are looking to be handed the same thing in Tunisia. We know they have a lot of supporters. So, we are expecting a charged atmosphere at the stadium. I think we have prepared our minds for everything; good or bad” he stated.
“It is our job and we have played away games all our lives. We have been seeing and feeling the change in atmosphere and reception. We are used to it. We will cope with what whatever we will see in Tunisia. They need to score goals to get through, the same as we also do despite our lead. We passed the first leg test and hopefully, we will pass the test on Sunday.
“There is resilience in us and that is very good. The atmosphere in Kumasi helped us a lot but noise is noise. It does not scare us. That is how we will treat the chants that will come from the stands. We will assume that we are playing in Kumasi and the chants are from our supporters. After all, we do not understand their language and so we will not bother about the content.”