Mtibwa Sugar expect good return after 14 years

Tanzania FA Cup winners, Mtibwa Sugar returns to CAF Competition for the first time in 14 years, and believes that they will record huge victory against Northern Dyanamo of Seychelles on Tuesday at Chamazi Complex, few miles outside Dar es Salaam city.

Mtibwa lost 3-0 to Santons of South Africa in its last continental outing in 2004 before failed to travel to the return leg in Johannesburg and was banned for three years to participate in any CAF tournament.

Since that year they failed to book a ticket to any of the continental showpiece and this year they compete in the CAF Confederation cup after won Tanzania second tier competition, FA Cup.

Following the dark cloud surrounding them in the past, their coach, Zubeiry Katwila is set to write new record against Dyanamo’s in Tuesday evening.

Katwila, the former Mtibwa Sugar player said they have set target in their sensational return, and they will play well at home to get not only victory but with good goal margin before they travel to Seychelles for the return leg.

He insisted that they have a good team to compete in the continental level, but they need a good plan to beat Dyanamo.

“We have our target in this year competition. All my players understand that we need to compete and perform well. We could not get this chance for a very long time and now we will not let our fellow Tanzanian down.

“We are searching for our opponents information including the way they play as well as their key players. Our fellow Tanzanian living in Seychelles are helping us on that and I believe we will have a good game,” he said.

On the other hand, central defender, Dickson job acknowledge the good preparation they have before the game and urge his colleagues to play well to register good victory at home.

The Tanzania U-17 graduate from Gabon showpiece last year, noted that the home game is crucial to them because they want at least to reach the group stage this year and that will happen if they start their campaign well.

“We need to score as many goals as we can. We will make that happen by creating more chances and capitalize on them. Away games are very tough but if we take our chances at home, things will be easy away,’ he said.

Mtibwa Sugar won Tanzania leage back to back in 2000 and 2001, and get chances to play in CAF tournament in 2003, but since then they failed to return to that class before they won FA Cup earlier this year.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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