Namungo FC pleased with CAF's decision on play offs

20Feb 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Namungo FC pleased with CAF's decision on play offs

​​​​​​​NAMUNGO FC is pleased with the decision issued by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to return both Confederation Cup's play offs against Angola's Primeiro de Agosto to be played in Tanzania.

Namungo Football Club

The clashes are routinely played at home and away. The continental soccer body issued the decision through its committee after finding out that Namungo and Primeiro de Agosto were not directly involved in disrupting the first leg, which was penned for February 14 in Angola as described by CAF.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam recently, Namungo FC Chairman, Hassan Zidadu, said the hosting of the fixtures at their home turf is a good sign and it gives them great comfort to do well and progress to group stage.

"You know it was the right decision made after realizing there was no side that caused the first game not to be played, we see that we have a good season to achieve the goals that we set out,'' he noted.

He said they have received the decision with acclamation and they are currently preparing for the February 21 game, which will be hosted by Primeiro de Agosto, but the tie will be played in Tanzania.

"We are still preparing since we arrived from Angola. The squad is still in Dar es Salaam practicing to prepare and as it was for the previous games and our goal is to do well to advance to the group stage, ”said Zidadu.

According to the CAF statement, all games must be played within at least 72 hours and must be played before February 26, this year.

The schedule shows Primeiro de Agosto will host the first match so they will be responsible for funding all preparations including meeting match officials' expenses.

As CAF is expected pot the Confederation Cup group stages fixtures on February 22, the overall winners between Namungo FC and Primeiro de Agosto will not be considered during scheduling.

While in Angola, Namungo FC suffered a number of incidents including three of his players, Lucas Kikoti, Hamis Mgunya, Fred Tangaru and the club's Chief Executive Officer, Omary Kaaya, who was named by the Angolan health authorities as being infected with the coronavirus.

Namungo FC leaders interpreted the incidents as planning crimes committed with the intent to undermine them.

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