Kwara Utd To Dismantle MC d'Algers
Kwara Utd To Dismantle MC d'Algers
BY ADEYINKA ADEDIPE
KWARA United Football Club will this weekend lock horns with MC d'Algers in the second round of the confederation cup at the Ilorin township stadium. The Nigerian representatives qualified for this round with the 3 - 0 defeat of Dragon FC of Benin Republic while the Algerians drew bye.
The first round experience should come to bear when the Nigerians take on their opponents in this encounter. Kwara United had to play for over 120 minutes in the first leg in Cotonou, with the game ending 1 - 0 in favour of the Nigerian representatives.
The Nigerians also missed many scoring chances in both legs and they came under the hammer for their wasteful nature. The game against the Beninoise would be considered a child's play if the opposition posed by the Algerians is anything to go by.
The North Africans are known for their tactical and technical ability. Their penchant for time wasting is also unequalled.
One aspect of the game Kwara United should work on is goal scoring. They create scoring chances but fail to convert on many occasion. The game against Dragons should have ended with a wider margin but the Nigerian representatives have the knack for throwing away their chances.
No amount of goal will be too much against the Algerians as they are noted for turning the table against their opponents. The Nigerians must also prevent the Algerians from scoring first because they may not be able to come back. Even if they do, they may only manage a draw or a slim victory, which will not put them in good stead for qualification into the next round.
The North Africans are also well known for their counter attacking style. And the Coach Roger Palmgreen must ensure he tells his players the need to fall back to defence whenever they lose the ball.
If the Nigerian representatives hopes to move beyond this round, they must make their house advantage count in the first leg. Any mediocre result may mean the end of the road for the Ilorin-based team.
Coach Toyin Ayinla, after their 2-0 victory over Dragon said that Nigerians should not be bothered about the low score line. To him, what is important is getting to the next round and taking each game as it comes.
However, this particular encounter must be taken with seriousness. The domestic form of the team also leaves much to be desired. And the team must raise its game if it hopes to surmount the Algerian hurdle.
There should be no complain about funding as the players were given part of their sign-on fees after the victory over Dragons. "Though, the team did not make use of the chances created against Dragon, but I believe that they have the ability to go all the way. It is just a case of improving on the performance, and I believe that the Algerians will have a tough time here.
The Ilorin fans who are vociferous must come out in large number to support the team. Even when the team is not playing well, they should not withdraw their support because it is vital if the team has to succeed.
Palmgreen, who arived the country early this week, have rejoined the team in Omupo, where it has gone to train to avoid distraction.
A top official of the team who pleaded anonymity told The Guardian that the team has prepared well for the encounter and nothing short of victory is expected. "The team moved to Omupo to get the best of training devoid of distraction. One can only hope that all they learn in training is put to use during this crucial encounter so that we can move forward," the official added.
He said that the support of the state government have been tremendous and that one can only hope that the team responds positively.
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