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As part of the schedule, the inspectors were supposed to have also held a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto after meeting sports ministry officials, but those didn’t happen.
“I am really hoping that Caf can trust us to complete the job,” commented deputy local organising committee CEO Herbart Mwachiro without conviction or confidence in his own statement.
“It is true that there is massive concern in Kinoru and Eldoret and even I would be concerned. But work is going on and we have given our assurances to Caf that we will get the job done,” he added.
“Constant (Omari) was not present and so it would have been impossible for the technical officials to meet with the top ranking government officials. But even with that not happening, I am still after building a 1-0 first-leg lead at home.
But the Pitso Mosimane-coached South African outfit will not lack confidence having excelled on the road this year, including comfortably holding Esperance to a 0-0 draw in Tunisia.
Wydad have equal cause for optimism, winning all four home Caf matches this season without conceding a goal, so away goals or penalties may be needed to separate these gladiators. confident that we will be given a chance,” Mwachiro added.
According to our Ugandan source, the Caf team is said to have been deeply concerned with work at Kipchoge Keino and Kinoru, most of which is in its primary stages. The two are undergoing an almost complete overhaul with the playing surfaces being replaced.
But county officials have promised to fast track the process FUS shocked Sfaxien when they met in the 2010 Confederation Cup final, winning 3-2 in Tunisia after a goalless first leg.
Thanks to a Karim Benarif goal through a first-half penalty, the Moroccans have a chance of once again getting the better of the Tunisians.
Whichever club emerges overall winners from the Maghreb showdown are almost certain to face Mazembe for a place in the two-leg final. The pendulum has swung in favour of Zesco after a hard-on-theeyes Atteridgeville deadlock in which both teams had apparently legitimate goals disallowed.
Apart from the two hotly disputed decisions by the Gabonese referee, Zesco squandered the best chance when teenager Maybin Kalengo blazed over from close range.
Leading 2017 Confederation Cup scorer Jeremy Brockie was effectively policed and unless he can evade his “minders” in Ndola, Zesco look the likelier side to progress. and ensure that by December the latest everything will be ready, which did not convince the technical inspectors.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa said the biggest of Caf ’s concerns was the political tension in the country with the impending presidential elections, but he remained confident that the government assurances would be the closing stages to end the sixmatch Confederation Cup winning streak of the Sudanese at their stadium.
Mazembe are hoping to become only the second club after Sfaxien to win back-to-back titles in a competition offering a record $1.25 million first prize this season. visited Tunisia this year, they were walloped 4-0 by Sfaxien in a topof-the-table Confederation Cup group match.
Now they must defend a slender first-leg lead gained through Hichem Nekkache against rivals who banged in 22 goals in five home fixtures en route to the quarter-finals.
Both clubs are desperate for more success as it was 41 years ago that Mouloudia were crowned African champions and 26 years since Club Africain achieved a similar feat.