Dreams FC coach Karim Zito rejects claims Ghana football is dead after CAF Confederations Cup exploits

Published on: 02 April 2024

Dreams FC tactician Abdul Karim Zito has rejected claims that the country’s football is dead following his outfits exploits in the ongoing Africa campaign.

Before Dreams FC, Ghanaian clubs including giants, Hearts of Oak and Kotoko had struggled to even make the group stage of the CAF inter-club competition.

This season, both Dreams FC and Medeama, who represented Ghana in Africa made it to the group stage. Unfortunately, the Yellow and Mauve bowed at group stage after finishing last in their group.

But the Still Believe lads, who are making their maiden appearance at the CAF inter-club competition has lived up to expectation, reaching the quarterfinals of the Confederations Cup.

The Ghana FA Cup holders are now a step away from reaching the semifinals after triumphing over Stade Malien in Bamako last Sunday.

Dreams have now become the first Ghanaian side to win a knockout phase match away from home in 20 years - with King Faisal the last team to do that against Zimbabwean side Dynamos FC in 2004.

"Ghana football is not dead! The indices does not point to a product that is dead," he told Onua Maakye Sports

"We've seen the performance of Dreams FC and also Medeama for instance in Africa. We just won the gold in both men and women divisions in the All Africa Games. We've won the WAFU and CAF U20 boys as well.  How can football be dead when successes are being chalked?

"Dreams FC, which is in the quarter-final of the CAF Confederation Cup, are battling relegation in the domestic top-flight. That should tell you the quality of players and the league we have at the moment. Of course, there are always room for improvement but certainly our football is not dead."

Dreams will start preparations for the second leg on Tuesday as they eye a place in the semi-final of the competition in their first-ever continental competition.