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#CAFCL St. George coach Vaz Pinto expects ‘difficult’ match against KCCA

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St. George coach Vaz Pinto is expecting a “difficult” match against KCCA in the CAF Champions League round of 32 return match on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda.

KCCA have a slight advantage over the Horsemen after holding them to a barren draw in the first leg in Addis Ababa Wednesday last week.

“KCCA at home is a difficult team to play,” the Portuguese manager opined.

Nonetheless, he is optimistic of surmounting the task ahead despite the odds, “We can find a lot of examples in the world of football of teams drawing at home and notching a victory away,” he added.

But if St. George’s domestic season that has been far from convincing is anything to go by then Pinto will have to do more to go past KCCA, who have been bullish at home.

He is confident he has enough men to fill the shoes of prolific striker Salahdin Said who has been grappling with recurrent injury all season.

“The important thing at this moment is to focus on the players we have at our disposal. Of course, Said is important to the team, but at the moment we have other strikers and our main focus is on them since they are the ones available.”

A scoring draw or any win will be enough to book them a slot in the groups’ stage for the second season running; however, KCCA skipper Muzamiru Mutyba is upbeat that it is their turn to become the first Ugandan side to reach the lucrative stage.

“It is a big game for us and the lads are fully fit. All we need to do is to convert the chances we create and that will be the difference.”

About Bonface Osano

African Football Writer contributing @Soka25east | Commentator; appeared on @MySoccerAfrica, @KweseSports, @ntvkenya, others | Keen follower of African Football. E-mail: bonfaceosano@gmail.com

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