Isabirye Says BUL Will Open Up In Egypt

Saturday, September 17
•Future FC Vs BUL, 9pm (Cairo International Stadium)

BUL coach Alex Isabirye said his side will go all out to look for goals when they visit Future FC in the CAF Confederation Cup return leg of the preliminary round.

BUL and Future fired blanks at Kitende last Saturday, a result that left more work to do for the Ugandan representatives.

Isabirye was convinced with the team’s performance given it was their debut appearance on the Continent after winning the Uganda Cup last season.

“I am glad we have played in CAF Confederation Cup for the first time and played better,” Isabirye stated

“To me the players did their job though we failed to score but we have now learnt our opponents better.”

BUL had a fair share of chances to find the back of the net but were denied by the goalkeeper and wasted a couple as well especially in the second half.

“As you all know we had only two players in Richard Ayiko and Karim Ndugwa who have played at this stage before so we didn’t have that experience but we created a couple of chances,” Isabirye narrated.

“We laid our strategies well and in the first half we came out to study how the opponents play as we were playing one of the teams coming from a stronger league.”

And the gaffer remains hopeful as they head into the return leg in Cairo, saying that they will open up.

Isabirye commented: “I am not worried about the return match. We are going to play an open game in order to score goals; I don’t care whether we lose because they will also be on panic to avoid goals.”

Future were the best side especially in the first stanza as they dominated possession and created good chances but could not find a breakthrough.

Future coach Mohammed Abdelkarim Ismail commented on the reception: “I was very happy with the reception as everyone welcomed us and it felt like we were in our country.”

Speaking about the game proper, the gaffer said: “The most important result was that you don’t lose away from home.”

“It was our very first time to play on artificial turf and we managed to pick a positive result. We did our home work, searched about the team – They are the winners of the Domestic Cup and they have very good players like the jersey number 20 (Karim Ndugwa) and They depend most on long balls.”

A goal-draw will send BUL to the second round of the preliminaries where winner between Borgou (Benin) and Kallon FC (Sierra Leone) awaits.



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