We are not Barcelona to overturn 4-0 deficit, Ulinzi coach concedes
Ulinzi Stars coach Benjamin Nyangweso has more or less given up on his team’s chances of progressing in the Caf Confederation Cup following a 4-0 thrashing by Egyptian club Smouha in Alexandria on Friday night.
Speaking to Egyptian journalists after the game, Nyangweso even suggested that his team “is not Barcelona” to overturn this result against the more polished opposition.
“We are not Barcelona to overturn a 4-0 loss. The second leg will be very difficult, but we will try to have a good game,” Nyangweso told Kingfut.com, in reference to Barcelona’s shocking comeback against PSG in a Uefa Champions League round of 16 tie midweek.
The Spanish giants reached the quarter-finals of the tournament after overturning a 4-0 first leg defeat by beating the French champions 6-1 at home for a 6-5 aggregate victory.
The Kenya Defence Forces side was undone by a far superior opposition in this contest, before going down courtesy of a brace from Islam Mohareb and two more strikes from Mahmoud Abdelaziz and Ahmed Raouf.
The Kenyan team was outplayed on virtually all fronts by the skillful and energetic Eygptian side. The home team should even have had more goals, with Mohareb missing several clear cut chances including one attempt that came off the post.
Ulinzi’s impending exit meanwhile, means that Kenyan clubs again continue with their embarrassing history of under performing on the continental front.
SportPesa Premier League champions, Tusker FC, exited the African Champions League, following a 3-2 aggregate loss to lowly Mauritius outfit AS Port Loius in the preliminary round.