Preview: Egypt's Future FC seek to avoid Confed Cup jitters

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Oct 2022

Debutants Future FC will be seeking to avoid the jitters that could have cost them dear in their opening African Confederation Cup tie as they meet Sierra Leone's Kallon in the first leg of the second preliminary round on Sunday.

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Future FC were made to work hard for a 1-0 aggregate victory over Uganda s Bul FC in the Confederation Cup first preliminary round (Photo: the club s official Facebook page)

 

Future were expected to seal smooth progress to the 2nd round when they held Uganda's Bul FC to a 0-0 away draw in the first-round first-leg but were instead made to sweat in the return leg.

They struggled for openings against their modest opponents in Cairo and needed a late free-kick from Cameroonian left-back Jonathan Ngwem to scrape into the next round.

They even survived what would have been a huge shock in stoppage time when a Bul FC forward had a close-range effort denied by the post with the goal at his mercy.

They will be looking to stamp their authority this time around as they face Kallon, who bowed out from the preliminary round in their previous Confederation Cup participation in 2012, in Liberia.

"This match will be difficult because it will be played in humid conditions," Future's board member Ayman Mansour said in a television interview.

"We have the quality and experience needed to go as far as the final."

Future will once again have to do without coach Ali Maher, who is expected to watch the game from the stands as he is not eligible to lead the team from the dugout because he has not yet obtained the required coaching license.

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