Zamalek hard to crack at home, warns Akwana as Tusker storms Alexandria
Mathare United head coach Ezekiel Akwana has urged Kenyan representatives in the CAF Champions League Tusker FC to go beyond their limits as they prepare to tackle Zamalek on Friday in Alexandria.
Akwana says Tusker’s opponents will be more aggressive in their home soil and that the Kenyan champions will be forced to gather all their energies to overturn the first-leg 1-0 defeat in Nairobi.
“Its always very important to win at home when you are facing such strong oppositions Tusker didn’t take their chances and I will be very difficult to get a win a against this not African oppositions.
"What they normally do is while playing away from home, they study the opponent in the first half then they start attacking in the second half this will be different in attack form the first whilstle to the last at home. Thus, Tusker have to be disciplined defensively through the game because they will be forced to make mistakes by Zamalek,” said Akwana
Akwana is remembered for staging one of the greatest comebacks for a Kenyan team in a continental football in 2011, when he guided Sofapaka to the third round of the Confederation Cup after overturning 2-0 first leg defeat, winning 4-0 in the second leg in Nairobi.
“They really know how to get the opponents tactics during our match against Ismailia the tour guides who were with us were coaches so anything Tusker will be doing they take note of it and go ahead to tell the home team hence make life extremely difficult for you on the pitch,” Akwana told Citizen Digital
The Robert Matano led side left the country Tuesday morning and are expected to hold their first training on Wednesday, with the hope of getting at least a 2-0 win that will guarantee them a group stage berth and a Sh. 55million prize.