Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano is confident to break North Africa’s plight for Kenyan sides when they face Egyptian giants Zamalek on Friday.
The Brewers fell by a lone goal in the first leg of the Caf Champions League first round played on Saturday at Nyayo Stadium.
Kenyan clubs generally struggle to achieve a positive result in the aforementioned area, however, this does not frighten the tactician.
He further challenged his players to step up and get out of the situation they created for themselves.
“Tusker did not lose the game”
“Yes, the Kenyan teams haven’t had a good outing in Egypt and North Africa, but that doesn’t scare me. For me, even away or home games don’t matter. What matters is your ability and your ability to get results, ”said Matano. Recount Goal.
“We haven’t lost anything, the game is still in progress. It was only the first leg that ended.
“As usual, we expect a hostile reception, but that won’t stop us from winning there.
“We are going to change [the loss], I have been in this situation several times. It’s about making the players believe in themselves and influencing the game.
“They put themselves in the situation and they have to work hard and get out of it. We have to get out of it and we will, it’s possible and it will happen.”
What happened on Saturday?
The tactician further explained that his team lost to the Egyptians because they lacked confidence and sharpness.
“We lost because we didn’t play well, especially in the first half, I think we lacked courage and confidence between us. In this kind of level you have to be ready as a player.” , continued Matano.
“Nobody wanted to muster their courage and lead the team against the opponents. But in the second half, after making a few changes, we showed urgency and good football and we also threatened. first half, we haven’t moved, we haven’t even played two or three passes in a row. “
“Lack of competitive matches is also costing Tusker”
Ahead of Saturday’s game, the FKF Premier League champions had gone three weeks without playing a competitive game and Matano spoke about how that negatively impacted his players.
“The team also lacked sharpness in matches, they haven’t played competitive football for three weeks due to the international break, and sometimes as a coach correcting mistakes without having competitive football is difficult, ”he added.
“You can’t correct a mistake you haven’t seen. Playing smaller teams [in friendlies] doesn’t help much as they can’t give you the resistance you need. They can’t contain the pressure.
“But playing top football like we did on Saturday will give you the opportunity to see a mistake and find a solution to it. Like in Egypt, we are going to fight.
“Some of my players haven’t played at this level either, but we’ve seen [Zamalek], how they play and we’ll plan for them. But the most important thing is that we have to be calm and have this urgency and this hunger to play. “
No Kenyan team has ever reached the group stage of the Caf Champions League.