Saturday September 17
CAF Confederations Cup (Preliminary round – second leg)
Future FC Vs BUL FC
Cairo International Stadium
Kick off: 10PM (EAT)
BUL has taken the fight to Cairo, Egypt. It’s all or nothing for the Eastern Giants as we confront Future FC this Saturday in the second leg of the preliminary round of the confederations cup at Cairo International Stadium.
Our minimum target at the continent this season is to reach the group phase of the competition. Therefore, this makes it a must win encounter for BUL because the reverse fixture played a week back in Wakiso ended in a barren draw.
It’s a make or break tie which will either boost or ruin our continental ambitions, thus, it needs to be taken care of since a loss will outrightly blow out our burning hope.
In Future, we meet one of Egypt’s budding football clubs. They were crowned as 2022 league cup champions with a handful of topflight football, and thereafter pulled up a master stroke with a fifth place finish in the league.
Last week’s meeting with us happened to be the only game Ali Maher’s side failed to score a goal in the run of eight matches.
This is going to be a big one!
All players are in good and healthy conditions, and they are ready to hit the ground.
Thoughts on the game.
The team manager and team captain shared their expectations from tomorrow’s clash after yesternight ‘s last training
Manager Alex Isabirye
“We created chances in the first leg and we didn’t use them well but I think we were just unlucky not score,”
“This time the players know what it means to score and what is needed to progress, and I believe we shall do all we can to qualify to the next round.”
“We have had three night trainings here in Cairo given that we had never played at night before and this has helped us to get used to the floodlights. Therefore, we expect to perform well.”
Captain Saidi Keni
“We learnt a lot from the first meeting. we saw their weaknesses and all the mistakes they made, and we also realized the areas that we need to improve in as a team,”
“Most of those areas have been addressed in training. Scoring has been one of our concerns but much focus has been put on it and we hope our forwards will score lots of goals come the game.”
“And we know what’s on stake and I believe we shall be the better team on Saturday.”
Tunisian referee Mahrez Melki has been appointed by CAF to officiate this crunch tie. He will be assisted by compatriots Yamen Malloulchi and Wael Hannachi as the first and second assistant referees respectively.
Amir Loucif, also from Tunusia, will complement them as the fourth official while Mamoun Bushara Nasir from Sudan will be the match commissioner.
Players available in Egypt
Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Saidi Keni (G.K),Tom Ikara (GK), Douglas Muganga, Walter Ochora, Richard Ayiko, Pascal Ngobi, Hillary Onek, Emmanuel Obua, Benon Tahomera, Karim Ndugwa, Ibrahim Nsimbe, Ibrahim Kazindula, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Reagan Kalyowa, Martin Aprem, Jerome Kirya, Frank Kalanda, Simon Peter Oketch, Anthony Mayanja.