Bandari FC keen for CAF Confederation Group qualification
Zarzis, Tunisia – September 28, 2019
Bandari FC intends to take advantage of the 2-0 result registered at home in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup match as they face Tunisia's US Ben Guerdane in the return leg match on Sunday.
Bandari FC Head Coach Bernard Mwalala says the team is adequately prepared for the task ahead and the focus remains on producing positive results.
Bandari FC Head Coach Bernard Mwalala during the team's first training session in Tunisia .
The Coach however was quick to add that his charges cannot afford to be complacent in the away fixture noting that playing North Africans in their home turf requires thorough approach.
"Everything is going on well with our final touches towards tomorrow's match and luckily we have a full squad ready for the match. We just need total concentration on the part of the players who will be selected for the match. Our strategy is very clear – we have to defend well and try to get a goal," he said.
To ensure that the Dockers proceed to the group stages, Mwalala added that the main objective for the team is to jealously guard their 2-0 victory, contain the opponents and sustain it up to the first half break.
He said the team which arrived safely in Tunisia held its first training on Friday at Chammakh Zarzis Stadium in Zarzis City and will today undertake the final training at Union Sportive de Ben Guerdane Stadium and have a feel of the pitch which will be used tomorrow.
A section of the Bandari FC players during the training held at Chammakh Zarzis Stadium.
"The good thing is that the weather conditions here are similar to what we are used to in Mombasa. The training session was very productive. The players were well coordinated; they were in high spirits and so determined that they yearned for the match to be played immediately. From the training I can confidently say that all the 20 players at our disposal are ready for the game and therefore it is now a big headache for me as the Coach to find the first eleven," the Coach added.
Mwalala reiterated on the need for Bandari FC to win the match saying securing a ticket to the group stages will be a huge thing not only for the Kenya Ports Authority as the sponsor of the club but also a big window for the young players to expose themselves.
Bandari FC Team Manager Wilson Obungu echoed the coach's sentiments saying the players were in the good mood and mentally ready for the task.
Assistant Coach Ibrahim Shikanda (in red jersey) leads the team in training.
"The last time when Bandari FC featured in this continental competition we only played in the first round and were eliminated at that stage but this time we have gone past that and therefore this is already an achievement," Obungu said.
Mwalala also extended a goodwill message to Kenya's Gor Mahia FC who have a CAF Champions league return leg match at home this weekend against USM Alger of Algeria.