Tuesday January 28 2014

Nsimbe unfazed by continental opposition

KCC FC boss Nsimbe is ready for Sudanese giants El Merreikh.

KCC FC boss Nsimbe is ready for Sudanese giants El Merreikh. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO  

By Elvis Senono


KCC FC’s preparations ahead of their February 8th Caf Champions’ League preliminary game against El Merreikh have not been as lavish as that of their Sudanese opponents.

The Ugandan champions took part in the Mapinduzi invitational tournament in Zanzibar which they won after beating Tanzanian giants Simba FC in the final of the tournament that included clubs from Kenya, Tanzania and hosts Zanzibar.
The Sudanese giants meanwhile have since the turn of the year played warm up games in Qatar against European opposition that included Bayern Munich and most recently Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg.

They, however, lost both games going down2-0 and 3-0 to the Bavarian giants and Russians respectively.
But George Nsimbe is not fazed.

The KCC coach believes the tournament was a good test for his players. “The competition was tough and the fact that we triumphed shows the players have what it takes to perform at the continental level,” he said then. “It does not worry me where they are training from and what opposition they have been playing. What matters is how my team prepares before the game,” he said.

Nsimbe also maintains he is contented with his squad and revealed there will be no reinforcements to the squad having submitted the players’ names earlier.

On the list are strikers Herman Wasswa and Tony Odur as well as midfielder Hassan Wasswa who at various times last year left for Vietnam for semiprofessional stints. Hassan’s contractual situation with the club remains tricky though, with the midfielder having earlier stated his wish to leave the club.

But Nsimbe insists he expects the midfielder to return for training this week. “As far as I know he is still our player and he will join up with the rest of the players that have been with the Cranes,” he said.