Nabi confident to advance

YOUNG Africans remain confident of progressing into the group stage of CAF Champions League saying they have quality squad capable to produce good results at Al Hilal Stadium in Khartoum, Sudan on Saturday.

Yanga meet again Al Hilal in the second leg match of CAF Champions League after stamping a 1-1 draw at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

As it stands, the away draw seems to give the Sudanese side an upper hand as they just need a barren draw in their return leg venture into the last 16 category.

However, in his reaction after the match, Yanga Head Coach Nasreddine Nabi insisted that they still have an opportunity to stamp good results in Sudan and grab a place in the tournament’s group stage.

“We still have a chance of making a breakthrough because there are fresh 90 minutes to be played. Our task is to correct some mistakes which emerged in order to have a good away game.

“At least, we have now known how they play and that gives us a reason to believe that we can record good results at their territory.

Football is always unpredictable and anything can happen hence, we just need to be hopeful,” Nabi said.

He added that players like Bernard Morrison and Aziz Ki will have ample time to regain their fitness before heading to Sudan for the reverse tie.

His Al Hilal counterpart, Florent Ibenge reacted by saying a 1-1 draw with Yanga was a regret while maintaining that in the return leg, they will do whatever necessary to earn a ticket of stepping in the group stage.

“We are in the Champions League and each game is very difficult, but we are going to ensure that we utilise well our home ground so that at the end, we can qualify.

“I think we all know what to do on Saturday to get an opportunity of going further into the competition. The game is not over but we are going to fight hard for it,” Ibenge said.

Yanga already stated that their target is to reach the group stage of the competition hence they have one more opportunity to make it.

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