Tusker hopeful of Zamalek upset

Tusker hopeful of Zamalek upset
General view of Tusker players warming up before the 2021 CAF Champions League game between Tusker and Zamalek at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on 16 October 2021 © BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 21, 2021. 16:00

Kenyan club Tusker FC remain hopeful of upsetting Egyptian heavyweights Zamalek in the teams’ CAF Champions League second round preliminary tie.

The first leg in Nairobi last weekend saw the White Knights claim a 1-0 away win, thanks to a goal from Achraf Bencharki.

The return game will be held in Alexandria on Friday evening and sees the Egyptian champions as clear favourites to advance and claim a place in the group stage of the top-tier continental competition.

However, Tusker coach Robert Matano is optimistic that his side can turn the tables on Zamalek and earn a place in the group phase for the first time in the club’s history.

“I know it is possible. The game is not yet over and we will give our all in the return tie,” Matano told the CAF website.

“We have seen them and we have now known what to do to contain them. We will work on a good game plan and I believe we will get a result.

“We played with a lot of fear in the first leg and we couldn’t stick to our game. We will try to correct that and hopefully we can score some goals.”

Team captain Eugene Asike also believes a win at the Borg El Arab Stadium is not beyond their reach.

“I believe we have what it takes because we are a good side,” Asike explained.

“We only had some mistakes in the first leg which we have worked to correct and I believe if we pull ourselves together, we can be able to turn this round.

“The players are really motivated because they want to do something positive. The belief is high and the confidence is also high so it is just up to us to go to the pitch and do our best.”

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