NAIROBI, Kenya, January 25- Ulinzi FC coach Benjamin Nyangweso said that his side is not overawed by Zamalek who they face on Saturday in the first leg of their CAF Champions League fixture.
Nyangweso is not concerned by the traditional stranglehold North African sides have over Kenya teams stating that he is keen to see his team pen a new chapter in Kenyan football.
“We have to remove that mentality which is what I’m advising my players. It’s eleven against eleven. That idea of North African teams dominating teams from East Africa should not arise because that was then. Now is the time to change it,” said Nyangweso.
Nyangweso who led the soldiers to the Kenya Premier League (KPL) title last year is expecting a strong challenge from the illustrious Egyptian side that has Pharoahs Abdel Wahed El-Sayed, Shikabala and Ibrahim Sala.
“They are a good team with speed and good midfielders and good strikers. So I’ve told my players to perform their role because there are up against a very good side,” said Nyangweso.
The red shirts have injuries to captain Steve Ocholla, Tony Onyango and Ken Simiyu but Nyangweso believes that he has able replacements to fill the void.
“We have 30 players so there are replacements. We know that if any player gets injured there’s someone else to fill the position,” said Nyangweso.
The last time Zamalek played in Kenya was in 1984 when they faced off with Gor Mahia in the same tournament.
The Egyptian giants are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday afternoon and will hold training sessions at City Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday and a captain’s run at Nyayo on Friday.
Tickets will be sold between Wednesday and Friday at Nyayo, 20th Century, Kenya Cinema and City Stadium.
VIP tickets have been set at Sh.500 while the terraces cost Sh.200.
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