CAF Confederation Cup: Bandari hope to make history against Al-Ahli Shendi
The 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup gets underway this weekend with clubs across Africa gearing up for the preliminary rounds. Kenyan-side Bandari Football Club hopes to make history in qualifying for the group stage of the competition when they come up against Al Ahli Shendy of Sudan. CGTN's Mohamed Abubakar has more.
Kenya's Domestic Cup champions Bandari Football Club are sharpening their fitness and skills ahead of the 2019/2020 season.
Bandari F.C. also finished second in the Kenyan Premier League.
The domestic cup success, means the coastal-based side from Mombasa, has been rewarded with qualification to the new CAF Confederation Cup season.
FELLY MULUMBA BANDARI F.C. CAPTAIN "During our pre-season trip to South Africa and Rwanda, we were able to play against teams like Cape Town City in South Africa and also participate in the CECAFA tournament. We intend to have a great campaign at the CAF competition, and these pre-season friendlies have helped us a lot in gauging ourselves against teams outside Kenya."
The Dockers will welcome Al Ahli Shandi Club of Sudan in the 1st leg of the competition at home on Saturday.
BERNARD MWALALA BANDARI F.C. COACH "We don't know what to expect in Sudan, we don't know the conditions there. So we just have to win convincingly here, then go and protect our lead there."
Head coach Bernard Mwalala is well aware that his players don't have much continental experience but says he isn't shy to push his side in believing that they can proceed to the next round.
MOHAMED ABUBAKAR NAIROBI, KENYA "Bandari's only other appearance in the CAF Confederation Cup ended at the preliminary stage back in 2016. The port-side city club now has a second bite at the cherry, as they aim to make history, in qualifying for the group stage of the competition. MA, CGTN, NAIROBI."