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Sofapaka will ‘definitely’ beat Ismaily, says coach

Kenyan side Sofapaka are confident they can overcome a two-goal deficit when they host Ismaily in the CAF Confederation Cup

Thursday 31 Mar 2011
Ismaily & Sofakapa

Sofapaka coach Ezekiel Akwana believes his side will qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup round of 16, at the expense of Egyptian side Ismaily, despite a first-leg deficit.

Ismaily scored twice in the first 15 minutes to secure a 2-0 home win but Akwana says his side are capable of netting more goals when they host their opponents in the second leg this weekend.

“Yes I believe so,” Akwana said when asked by whether his side would go through.

“We will definitely overturn that loss. It is not a big score and we know we can do it because of how we played against them in the first leg.

 Despite the win, we put them under a lot of pressure and they used dirty tactics to slow down the game. This time we are at home and such tactics will not work,”

Akwana also warned his side not to concede a home goal against Ismaily, which could end their hopes of causing an upset.

“My worries are that we should not allow Ismailia to get an away goal. If we do concede then definitely they will complicate matters for us,” he added.

“We need to keep a clean sheet and hope that the strikers deliver the goals for us. Any mistake in our back-line will cost us dearly.”

The Confederation Cup has eluded Egyptian clubs since it was founded in 2004.

Ismaily were the first Egyptian club to win the African Champions League when they clinched the title of Africa’s premier club competition in 1969.

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