Domestic cup holders Bandari left Mombasa on Thursday morning for Nairobi in preparation for their return match against Congolese club St. Eloi Lupopo which is scheduled for Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The team will have to overturn a two-goal deficit in order to preserve their ambitions of making it past the preliminary stages.
Pundits have already predicted doom for the dockers, although Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin says that he is more than ready to swim against the tide.
Muhiddin’s boys lost 2-0 in the first encounter staged in Lubumbashi, DR Congo and in an interview with Daily Nation Sport on Thursday, he described his players as “fantastic readers of the game” before admitting that they will be playing in hope rather than expectation.
REARING TO GO
“This year I have been very lucky to work with players who are very experienced. Many of them have played in such a high profile stage, meaning that they can read the game and even change tactics on their own. My work here will be very minimal.
“We have seen them play and we now know their strengths and weaknesses. I have told the boys to be patient and confident because that is the only way we will be able to go deal with them,” he said.
The Saturday clash has been rescheduled from 4pm to 3pm in anticipation of an imminent penalty shootout should the game end in a tie.
Sudanese referees Ring Nyier Malong- South Sudan, George Primato Olibo, Taha Ahmed Mutwakil and Reseve Referee- Kalisto Samson will take charge of the game, while Amir Abdi Hassan from Somalia will be Match Commissioner.