CAF CC: Alex Isabirye upbeat after drawing Miguel Da Costa’s Al Ittihad

Gladys ZAWEDDE 

Somalia Premier League side Horseed FC head coach Alex Isabirye is optimistic that his team will overcome Libyan opponents Al-Ittihad SC in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Horseed were drawn against Al Ittihad SC in the preliminary round of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup in a draw held on Monday.

Isabirye says he is not fazed by the history of his opponents since they will lock horns on a neutral ground.

” We are going to play a team that has a great history and experienced players who have previously played in such tournaments,”

Isabirye told this website

” However, we are going to be on neutral ground so my task and focus now are preparing my players so well that we can ably compete against them. I know my team will challenge them.”

He added.

Al Ittihad will be under the stewardship of former Vipers SC coach Miguel Da Costa Duarte who was appointed last month. They are the most successful club in Libya having won 16 league titles, seven Libyan Cups and 10 Super Cups.

Al Ittihad’s best finish on the continent was in the 2007 CAF Champions League when they managed to reach the semi-finals.

The first leg of the encounter is scheduled to be played between 27th – 29th November in Tunisia and not Libya due to political stability in the North African country.

The aggregate winner between the two teams will face Abdul Lumala’s Pyramids FC who finished runners up of the recently concluded CAF Confederation Cup edition.

Isabirye took charge of Horseed FC about two months ago and subsequently won the King Daud Cup after beating Deekedha FC in the final last month.

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