Mwalala eyes crucial away goal in Horoya trip

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala chats with members of his technical bench during a training session in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – Bandari FC tactician Bernard Mwalala says getting an away goal will be crucial when they take on Guinean side Horoya in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round in Conakry, Guinea on Sunday.The dockers travelled to Conakry Tuesday night, way in advance as they look to acclimatize and get themselves used to the conditions on and off the pitch for the crucial tie. Mwalala believes they stand a chance against Horoya and scoring an away goal will be key for them to achieve history and progress to the group stages of the competition for the first time ever.“I have watched how they play and analyzed them. They are a tough side and score a lot of goals with a very dangerous striking line. But, I have noticed that they also concede a lot and if we do our best, we can score against them,” Mwalala told Capital Sport.Bandari FC players hurdle together for prayer before their CAF Confederations Cup first leg first round tie against Tunisia’s US Ben Guerdane. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “We need to be very alert in defense but also take our chances when we get them. If we can score a goal away, no matter the result, I believe we can finish the job at home.”Bandari progressed to the knockout round for the first time ever after beating Tunisian outfit US Ben Guardane 3-2 on aggregate.They lost 2-1 in Tunisia having won 2-0 in the home tie. Mwalala says they have picked massive confidence and experience from the two-legged tie against the Tunisian outfit as well as their preliminary round win over Sudan’s Al Ahly Shendy.“We have been improving game by game and getting better. The players now know what it means to play at this stage and it has helped build our belief and focus. We have never been at this stage before so for us it is a new experience which we want to enjoy,” Mwalala added.Victory over the two legs will sail the dockers to the group stages, but Mwalala says they do not want to build pressure on themselves by thinking about that huge leap, instead their focus is on each of the next two games.0Shares0000(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham’s dynamic duo likened to Angel Di Maria and Andres Iniesta

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang has compared Dimitri Payet to Angel Di Maria and Manuel Lanzini to Andres Iniesta.Obiang, who moved to Upton Park from Sampdoria in the summer, says the two diminutive playmakers have been key to the east London club’s impressive start to the season.The Hammers sit third in the Premier League, with 20 points from their opening 10 games, and have already racked up wins against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea this season.They are also the second highest scorers in the division, with 22 goals so far, leaving them behind only leaders Manchester City with more than a quarter of the season gone.And Obiang, who has made seven league appearances so far this term, believes much of their brilliant attacking play is down to fellow summer arrivals Payet and Lanzini, who he likens to world stars Di Maria and Iniesta.When asked whether the side’s high-scoring start to the season has surprised him, Obiang told Marca: “Yes, I’m surprised. That means that we are good fighters. Whenever we get ahead, we win.“People have highlighted Payet. He is a superstar, he creates chances and finishes them. He is a kind of Di Maria.“And we must also review Lanzini. I would liken him to Iniesta. he seems fragile, but he will challenge anybody.” Dimitri Payet 1last_img read more