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Ulinzi Stars coach Benjamin Nyangweso has admitted the military side has a mammoth task to overturn a 4-0 deficit when they host Egyptian side Smouha in the return leg of the Caf Confederations Cup first round this Saturday.
Speaking after the team’s training session on Wednesday, Nyangweso admits they will have to be at their best to get a good result. They need to win by a margin of more than five goals to advance while a 4-0 result will take the match to penalties.
“They are not an easy side and we should not expect it to be easy. It is a huge task getting all the goals to overturn the tie but we have to do our best. We just have to ensure we minimize on our mistakes and don’t give them space to run,” Nyangweso said.
He has admitted the team underperformed in the first leg where they were undone by an efficient Smouha side which would have scored more were it not for goalkeeper James Saruni.
The soldiers failed to have a single shot on target in the entire match and the absence of talisman John Mark Makwatta might be beginning to haunt them.
“We still have a problem with our finishing and it is an area we will try to address. Throughout pre-season it has been our weakness, but I am optimistic soon we will start firing the right way,” the tactician noted.
Meanwhile, the return leg match will be played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos owing to the unavailability of Kasarani and Nyayo which are closed for renovation. Ulinzi vice chair Joe Birgen has also confirmed they will reduce gate charges to attract fans.
Smouha arrived in the country on Wednesday morning and will be training in Utalii.
“They hosted us very well in Egypt and we also make sure we do the same here,” Birgen noted.