Desabre: Pyramids will be cautious in Congo

Egyptian debutants Pyramids are eying a place in the 1/16th round of the 2019/20 Total CAF Confederation Cup when they travel to Brazzaville this weekend to take on Congo’s Etoile du Congo in the preliminary round second leg.

Pyramids are having their first ever away trip in CAF interclub competitions history, after they capped their debut match in style, defeating Etoile 4-1 at the Cairo based 30 June stadium a fortnight ago. Ghanaian John Antwi scored a brace, while Burkinabe Eric Traore and veteran Ahmed Ali also scored for the Egyptians. Yan Mukumbu scored a consolation goal for the Congolese, who now need to score three unanswered goals at home to avoid early exit from the second-tier club competition.

Pyramids are going to Brazzaville with high morale, after reaching the domestic Egypt Cup quarterfinals earlier this week, defeating giants Al Ahly 1-0 in Alexandria.

Traore scored the game’s lone goal ten minutes into the second half to set a date with Haras Elhodood in the last eight next week.

But the giant spenders have to shift attention now to their debut continental campaign. With the likes of Egypt internationals Abdullah Elsaid, Ahmed Elshenawy and Omar Gaber, and guided by continental expert Sebastien Desabre, Pyramids are hoping to go as far as possible in this season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

We had a good result in Cairo, but won nothing yet, Desabre told CAFOnline.com.

There are still 90 minutes to be played in Congo and we have to be very cautious. We made some mistakes in the first leg but overall I’m satisfied with the way we played, and we will try to resolve our problems.

The Frenchman who guided Uganda to the Round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt last month is considered one of African football experts nowadays. Despite being just 43, Desabre had already worked in no less than 9 African countries; namely Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Tunisia, Mauritania, Angola, Algeria, Morocco, Uganda and Egypt.

I will do my best to transfer this experience to my players. We deserved to win with a bigger margin in the first leg, but I believe my team still lacks the continental experience. With time things are going to be better, concluded Desabre.

The aggregate winner will face either Algeria’s CR Belouizdad or Chad’s AS Coton in the first round.

Fixtures

Friday, 23 August 2019

Santoba (Guinea) vs Niger Tornadoes (Nigeria) (2-1)

El Khartoum (Sudan) vs Arta Solar7 (Djibouti) (1-1)

KMC (Tanzania) vs AS Kigali (Rwanda) (0-0)

Ahly Shandy (Sudan) vs Bandari (Kenya) (0-0)

Saturday, 24 August 2019

ESAE (Benin) vs ASC SNIM (Mauritania) (5-0)

CI Kamsar (Guinea) vs Paradou (Algeria) (0-3)

Malindi (Zanzibar) vs Mogadishu City (Somalia) (0-0)

Ashantigold (Ghana) vs Akonangui (Equatorial Guinea) (1-1)

Young Buffaloes (Eswatini) vs Buildcon (Zambia) (1-0)

Masters Security (Malawi) vs Proline (Uganda) (0-3)

Azam (Tanzania) vs Fasil Kenema (Ethiopia) (0-1)

Rukinzo (Burundi) vs Triangle (Zimbabwe) (0-5)

Cotontchad (Chad) vs CR Belouizdad (Algeria) (0-2)

Sunday, 25 August 2019

*Ittihad (Libya) vs US Gendarmerie (Niger) (1-1)

LISCR (Liberia) vs Maranatha (Togo) (0-3)

Maniema (DR Congo) vs Pelican (Gabon) (1-1)

Jwaneng Galaxy (Botswana) vs Bolton City (Mauritius) (1-3)

Saint Louis (Seychelles) vs TS Galaxy (South Africa) (0-1)

Stade Renard (Cameroon) vs Motema Pembe (DR Congo) (0-2)

**Amarat (South Sudan) vs US Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) (1-5)

Etoile du Congo (Congo) vs Pyramids (Egypt) (1-4)

*Match will be played in Tunis

**Match will be played in Kampala

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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