Medeama may not have made it past the Caf Confederation Cup’s group phase, but they did achieve plenty
By: KickerGH staff
Medeama SC, holders of the MTN FA Cup, had their dreams of progress in the 2016 Caf Confederation Cup truncated on Tuesday after suffering a narrow away loss to Algeria’s MO Bejaia in a game from which they needed a mere point to sail through.
That disappointment notwithstanding, the Yellow and Mauves hardly disgraced themselves, having embarked on a mission which yielded so many positives, teaching — among others — the following lessons:
GOOD BALANCE POSSIBLE
Medeama aren’t necessarily in a position to win the league at present — and they most likely wouldn’t be, with so few games to the end of the season — but they’re certainly in a better place than they were when their continental march commenced. With two matches in hand, they’re set to finish on a high if they maintain the momentum, further underlining the point that success on the domestic front need not be sacrificed on the altar of bigger ambitions.
HOME FORM CRUCIAL
Medeama failed to win only one game at home throughout their Confederation Cup adventures, the exception being a goalless draw with Bejaia in June. While that result — given Bejaia’s cold-blooded execution of Medeama in the reverse — may have ultimately proved the Ghanaians‘ undoing, the fact that they picked all the spoils on every other occasion is impressive, especially when the venue for their home fixtures, the Essipong Stadium, was only an adopted choice.
FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS
Medeama’s run wasn’t handed them on a silver platter; certainly not when they faced — and beat — two of the best-run teams on the continent in Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe. And while those victories did have little impact (Sundowns would later be allowed re-entry into the Champions League from which they’d fallen, while Mazembe had already qualified as Group A winners), the belief and fearlessness which bred them should inspire other Ghanaian outfits.
GPL STILL STRONG
The Ghana Premier League may not be the world’s greatest championship, but Medeama proved it wasn’t the worst either. If one club‘s displays on the international stage could provide any accurate measure of the health of the league it plays in, Medeama did Ghana’s top-flight much good.
‘SMALL‘ CLUBS, BIG DREAMS
It’s been a while since Ghana’s so-called traditional clubs — the likes of Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and Ashantigold — made any continental campaign worth remembering for the right reasons. In emulating Berekum Chelsea’s 2012 exploits, however, Medeama have proven that prior experience has
little bearing, if any at all, on how successful a Ghanaian club could be in African action. The reign of the ‘big’ clubs seems long over; the smaller ones — Medeama the latest example — now run the show.