BUL FC tasted continent football for the first time in history and drew 0-0 with Egyptian side Future FC in the first leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers.
After Saturday’s stalemate at Kitende, the oil manufacturers are headed for a difficult task in Egypt on Saturday in the second leg and head coach Alex Isabirye is well aware of that fact.
“Learning about our opponents is the most important aspect of this game,” Isabirye said after the game before adding.
“Both of us were playing at this level for the first time and the result says that we are still alive and indeed we are.”
“They are a very difficult team, especially with the ball and I am pleased that we closed them down and did not concede.”
“Pressure is now on their side to try and ensure that we do not score and on the other hand, again look for goals.”
“We are going to Egypt to dig in, fight and compete to reach the next stage of the qualifiers,” Isabirye added.
Isabirye’s opposite number Mohamed AbdelKarim Ismail is optimistic that his charges will finish the job at home over the weekend.
“We had so many chances but we could not score. Away games are usually difficult in one way or another.”
“Our opponents did well in defense and were resilient enough but I am looking forward to the second leg hopefully we shall do better,” he noted.
A side that wins on aggregate between BUL and Future will face the victor on aggregate between Buffles du Borgou FC from Benin and Sierra Leone’s Kallon FC in the next round of the qualifiers.
Kallon picked up a narrow 1-0 win away from home when the two sides met in the first leg on Friday.