Dar es Salaam. Young Africans (Yanga) head coach Nasreddine Nabi is confident he can bounce back and do his best in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final against USM Alger of Algeria.
Yanga lost 2-1 in the first leg held at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, and the Jangwani Street side need at least a 2-0 away win in order to win the title.
Nabi said that they still have another 90 minutes and will rectify all mistakes that caused them to lose at the home venue.
He said that they will give their all when they travel to Algiers for next weekend’s return fixture, and they are not shaken despite their first loss at home in the tournament this season.
“There are 90 minutes left, and as long as we still have this chance, there is an opportunity. It is difficult, but not impossible. “ I cannot promise the supporters that I’m going to come back with the Cup. But I say, we will fight to turn the tide.
We have the means to do this because we have already proven it,” said Nabi.
He has admitted that the mission will be difficult, but he retains trust in his players, who he said have what it takes to score and turn the game in their favour.
Looking back at the match, the Tunisian tactician was pleased with the performance of his players, but only unhappy that they could not convert their chances.
“We saw that despite the fact that USM Alger is very compact defensively, we managed to create a lot of chances. We had more than 60 percent possession of the ball against a compact defense and very aggressive players in duels.
This is why I say that nothing is finished. On top of that, we have the culture of scoring away from home,” he said.
The coach said they will have nothing to lose and will give their all to ensure they put in an effort to clinch their first ever continental trophy.
Yanga will need a win of more than two goals to progress, while a 2-1 victory will force the game into extra time and penalties.