Galaxy, Costa in CAF scuffle

21st February 2018
Galaxy head coach Zlatko Krmpotic Source:The Midweek Sun

Mascom Top 8 reigning champions Jwaneng Galaxy will face Mozambique giants Costa Do Sol in a CAF Confederations Cup preliminary stage second leg match this evening (Wednesday) at the national stadium. The Jwaneng based outfits are aiming to reverse a 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of Do Sol in Maputo a fortnight ago.

The home ground advantage will give Galaxy a new lease of life. Galaxy need at least 2-0 score line to advance in the CAF competition. Speaking during a press conference in Gaborone this week, Galaxy head coach Zlatko Krmpotic said his team lost the first encounter due to the psychological strain. “We did have an idea of what kind of team we were going to play against in Maputo, it was going to be difficult but we have learnt our lesson.

We are now familiar with the kind of team visiting us and we can turn the game in our favour,” he told reporters at Lekidi yesterday. In addition, Krmpotic said they would play with a single high pressing midfielder and unleash counter attacks most of the time as they need to attack the opponents before they settle down and play their usual game. “We will attack with cautiousness and restrain, we know they are a dangerous side and we need to respect them and not go all out, we need to focus and be at our usual best to beat this side because they are a good side.”

For his part, Galaxy captain Boitumelo Mafoko believes his leadership and the experience in the team will play an enormous role in the game. “We are experienced, we have almost nine players who have played in the national team and four who are still playing so this kind of games don’t faze us, we have the confidence to play big games.” On the flip side, Costa Do Sol headcoach Rvi Evura said they have respect for Galaxy but they came to win the game.

“We respect Galaxy they play beautiful football, you can see the processing of their play and their intentions but we also play good football and we can win this game.” Evura said they will miss a few key players, however they always focus on playing as a team.” We play as a team and we focus a lot on team play not individuals.” The game will be played tonight at the national stadium at 7 pm, tickets for the game are sold at Galaxy Stores and will be available as of today at all Sports Shops in Main Mall.

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