Atlabara FC needs 3-0 win to qualify in CAF

Atlabara FC needs  3-0 win to qualify in CAF
Atlabara FC players train ahead of return to the CAF confederation cup qualifier against Al-Ahly of Sudan (photo credit: courtesy)

South Sudan’s giants Atlabara FC have found themselves in terrible condition after losing the first game 2-0 against Sudanese side Al-Ahly FC in 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers.

The Bara Boys went down 2-0 in the hands of Al-Ahly last week in the first game which was supposed to be played in Juba but the ongoing reconstruction and renovation of Juba National Stadium will make their games be played all in Sudan.

Atlabara FC now needs to put not less than 3-0 past Al Ahly to makes their way to the next second preliminary round.

Their next return league will be on September 17, 2021, and they will again play in Khartoum.

However, the Bara Boys’ chances of qualifying to the next second CAF Confederations Cup remains slim.

But according to Atlbara team President Dr. Dario Kuron, it is going to be a tough game for his players adding that he is hoping that his team can go past Al-Ahly boys.

“Yes we lost the first game 2-0, now the return game is now a condition to us to win not less than 3-0 or 2-0 that will push us for a penalty but three-nil is that only solution for us to continue,” he stressed.

Nothing impossible

“I am not saying our boys cannot manage, I believe if our boys come strong this time; we can win the game [because] football is football, anything can happen,” he added.

According to Kuron, the first loss was just some errors from both the players and coach, adding that if those errors are identified and addressed it is way through for his boys.

“Yes, I can say we may win, but most importantly we need to win with a big margin otherwise we will be out.

“What is good is that our boys are fit and their morale is very high, they are hoping that they will do something better this time,” he concluded.

Atlabara FC traveled to Sudan for the CAF Confederation Cup competition earlier this month.

They qualified for this year’s CAF Confederation after being crowned the Juba Local League champions in June when they defeated Salam FC Kuajok 2-0 in the final.

The team has been one of the dominant clubs that have represented South Sudan in continental competitions on many occasions including the CAF Champions League.

They faced Berekum Chelsea of Ghana in CAFCL in 2014 (2-2 aggregate) and Police FC Rwanda in CAFCC 2016 (4-3 aggregate).

In other matches, they played Cotonsport FC of Cameroon in CAFCL 2017 (7-2 aggregate) and Al Ahly SC of Egypt in CAFCL (13-0 aggregate).

The closest they came in the continental competition was in 2014 during a maiden appearance. By then, Berekum Chelsea had to beat them on spot-kicks 5-4 after the return which was played in Khartoum ended in a 2-0 win for the team.

The CAF Confederation is an annual club association football competition organized by the CAF since 2004.

Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions.