Namungo FC players should not rest on their laurels, says Suleiman

25Feb 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Namungo FC players should not rest on their laurels, says Suleiman

FOLLOWING a 6-2 blitz over Primeiro de Agosto Angola in this season's CAF Confederation Cup play offs' first leg, which took place in Dar es Salaam last Sunday, Namungo FC head coach, Hemed Suleiman 'Morocco', has urged his players not to celebrate now, saying they still have a reverse game to play

Namungo FC head coach, Hemed Suleiman 'Morocco'.

The Lindi-based club, Tanzania's envoys in the CAF Confederation Cup, smashed the Angolan outfit in the first leg tie, which took place at Azam Complex, to stay in pole position heading into the second leg clash, slated to take place today at the same venue.

Both legs were approved to be played in the country by the continental football body hence it has been an advantage for the home side who have created a good path towards reaching the group stage of the showpiece.

For a long time, the country has not had a team competing in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup but, it seems that the long wait is finally over, courtesy of the outfit.

Morocco stated: “I think we shouldn't celebrate yet because we have one more match to play against them.''

He disclosed: ''They are a good team not to be written off as such, we need to get back to correct our shortfalls prior to the return match.''

"Even though we have won today (Sunday), there are many mistakes we made hence this is the time to correct them," said him.

He continued that playing both games at home is an advantage to them as such, winning the first encounter has opened a new chapter for his side.

"What I can say is that my game plan worked successfully as we managed to get back into the game fast enough despite conceding an ear goal which otherwise could have transferred our focus," he noted.

Morocco appealed to local soccer fanatics to put their weight behind Namungo FC, saying they are representing the entire country.

The gaffer was adamant they will do all they can to win the second leg match and make it to the group stage.

Hassan Zidadu, Namungo FC's chairman, assured supporters that in the next game, they will be allowed to access Azam Complex to watch the game.

"Today (Sunday), our colleagues (Primeiro de Agosto) were the home club in the match and banned fans from attending but in the next encounter, we will be the hosts hence people should start preparations to come and support us," he noted.

Namungo, who are making their debut in the continental showdown, won the privilege to take part in it after finishing as runners-up in the last season’s Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC).

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