Crunch moment for Biashara United as they host Al Ahli Tripoli

15Oct 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Crunch moment for Biashara United as they host Al Ahli Tripoli

TANZANIA’s representatives in 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup, Biashara United, host Libyan side, Al Ahli Tripoli, in the showdown first-round match at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam today afternoon.

Biashara United's players participate in training in Mara recently to shape up for the NBC Premier League and CAF Confederation Cup fixtures. PHOTO: COURTESY OF BIASHARA UNITED

Biashara United will be meeting the Libyan giants in the first round of the tournament after seeing off Djibouti’s Dikhil FC in the preliminary round of the competition held early last month.

There is a growing sense of optimism within Biashara United's camp.

The Mara club's Manager, Frank Wabare, has called on his side to rise to the task of fending off strong opposition presented by Al Ahli Tripoli.

The official disclosed: “We have a good squad that is capable of pushing us past Al Ahli Tripoli. We are focused to win, our preparations have been smooth. As you can see, the boys and the technical bench are psyched up for victory.”

“The management has dealt well with all the challenges that come with continental assignments. I am thankful that most of our key players that were not able to play because of permits have already been cleared.''

Against Al Ahli Tripoli, the Mara-based side will hope forwards Atupele Green, Kassim Mdoe, and midfielders Notkelly Masasi and Christian Zigah, are in fine form to score the desired goals but also hope the defense keeps things tight at the back.

Al Ahli Tripoli is the second most successful Libyan club in history after Al Ittihad, having won 12 Libyan Premier League titles, six Libyan Cups, and two Libyan Super Cups. To get to this stage they beat Sudan outfit, Hay Al Wadi, by a 4-0 aggregate score.

Elsewhere, there will be four other CAF Confederation Cup's first-round matches across the continent today.

Congo’s Diables Noir will host South African giants, Orlando Pirates, in Brazzaville.

The other South African representatives, Marumo Gallants, will entertain AS Vita of DR Congo in Polokwane.

In Mali, Binga hosts ASFA Yennenga of Burkina Faso while Al Ahly Merowe of Sudan takes on Gor Mahia of Kenya in Egypt.

The second leg takes place from October 22–24, with aggregate winners qualifying to the additional second preliminary round, where they face teams relegated from the 2021/22 CAF Champions League first round for a place in the lucrative group stage.

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