KCCA coach: Egyptian sides are always dangerous
KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi praised CAF Confederation Cup opponents Al Masry, but said he believes his side can make it to the group stage.
Uganda’s Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) will host Al Masry in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off round on Saturday at the Philip Omondi Stadium.
Egyptian side Al Masry qualified to the play-offs after their second leg game against Djoliba of Mali was cancelled when the Malian Football Association was suspended. They have been paired with KCCA, who were knocked out of the CAF Champions League at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Ugandan coach said that he believes in his players, adding that his team were unlucky not to progress to the CAF Champions League group stage when they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We believe we can make it to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup. We are just 180 minutes away from doing so,” Mutebi said ahead of his side’s clash with Al Masry.
Despite his optimism, Mutebi acknowledged that Al Masry are a strong opponent, adding that “Egyptian sides are always dangerous.”
“Al Masry is a decent side. You don’t finish fourth in the Egyptian topflight league by accident. We will respect but not fear them over the next course of days as we jostle for a place in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup,” Mutebi added.
“The Egyptian clubs of old used to play with a lot of authority. They are not that kind anymore. If we believe and play our way, we should not find a lot of resistance in Al Masry.
“However, Egyptian teams use the ball smartly, and usually, when we play against teams that circulate the ball and use it intelligently, we always suffer,” Mutebi concluded.
Al Masry coach Hossam Hassan revealed earlier that his side will be hoping for a positive result in the first leg, before hosting the Ugandan side on April 15.
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