December 9, 2021

CAFCC: URA counting on home cleen sheet to finish Al Masry job in Egypt

By Baron Kironde
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URA's Vianne Ssekajugo (L) on his continental debut against Ethiopian Coffee at Kitende / Sanyuka TV Image

URA FC want to capitalize on their earlier goalless draw at Kitende to navigate past Egyptian opponents Al Masry in their CAF Confederation Cup second preliminary round game on Saturday, October 3.

The match is slated for Saturday evening (2100hrs EAT) at the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt, and the Tax Collectors can outrightly go through to the next round with a win, or any draw with goals.

The ultimate winner over both legs will progress to the last qualification round, where teams ejected from the Champions League will also join in.

URA goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi believes the Ugandan side carries an advantage to Egypt, and he also knows exactly what the Tax Collectors need to do to emerge victorious on Saturday.

“Against Ethiopian Coffee, (in the first preliminary round) we conceded at home but this time round we managed a clean sheet which is a positive, Alionzi noted, as quoted by the URA media team.

“Now we go to Egypt with nothing to lose but giving it our best,” the URA goalkeeper added, stressing that the Tax Collectors will go out for nothing else but everything from the game.

“In the first leg, we planned to win but unfortunately it did not happen for so many reasons. But the result we afforded was a fair one,” URA head coach, Sam Timbe explained.

Timbe is very hopeful for a positive result in Egypt too because him, like the whole team very knows that a loss would send them straight out of the competition.

Another goalless draw would still provide a slim chance, but complicate matters a bit as it would call for extra time and or spot kicks to determine the winner should the tie stay even.

After the first leg, Timbe spoke so highly of his players who he commended for the spirited fight they put up against their Egyptian opponents at Kitende on Saturday last week, despite a late scare.

URA played without a number of key names including the captain Shafik Kagimu and their two lead strikers Steven Mukwala and Cromwell Rwothomio who were among 10 other players ruled out for returning positive Covid-19 results.

With only 15 players, including just one goalkeeper, and four substitutes, URA managed to avoid a loss as they also kept a clean sheet at home.

As the team left for Egypt on Friday morning, they had taken Covid-19 tests the previous evening, with results still kept confidential, but reports from within suggest a number of players could be back in the squad for the Saturday game.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has already confirmed officials for the game.

Eritrean Tsegay Mogos Mogos Teklu will officiate the game as the centre referee, assisted by his compatriots Michael Eyobel Michael and Youannes Tewelde Ghebreslase on the sides.

Another Eritrean, Yonas Zekarias Ghebre will be the fourth official for the game as Sudanese Amir Osman Mohammed Hamid has been appointed match commissioner, and Mohamed Sultan from Egypt the Covid-19 officer.

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