Stripped of Chan host­ing rights

African Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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