After a goalless draw with Sudanese side Al Ahly Shendy, at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani on Saturday 10 August, Kenya’s representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup Bandari FC opted to stay positive as they head to Khartoum for the return leg.
Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala, leading his charges preliminary round clash, could not get them to score the crucial goal at home and just for that he expressed disappointment but opted to stay positive that the second leg will be better.
He acknowledges it didn’t go to plan, pointing to the limited knowledge they had of the opponents, but after facing them in the first leg, he is confident the return leg will bear better results.
“The game didn’t go the way we expected as a team and this was due to the fact we didn’t have much knowledge concerning our opponents. In the first half we were really off, and missed a lot of chances and in the second half we came back and pushed harder but unfortunately couldn’t score.
“To people it might seem like a setback but I’m happy that the match has ended as a 0 – 0 draw. It could have been harder had it ended 1-1 or 2-2. We won’t lose hope; I believe our away game will end in our favor since now we know more about our opponents.
The two teams will clash again on Friday 23 August in Sudan. The winner on aggregate will book a date with the winner between Tunisian side US Ben Guerdane and South Sudanese side Amarat.