Coach Mavougou Jean Eric of Epah Ngamba of Congo has told fans to prepare for another thriller as his side look to tame Huracanes FC in the crucial Union of Football Federation of Central Africa (UNIFFAC) 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League (CAFWCL) meeting on Thursday.
Epah Ngamba head into the second game of the competition at the Estadio Nacional de Malabo with no point, but having in mind that a win by a big margin will upset the three-club competitions and give them a chance to qualify for the Continental finals later this year in Côte D’Ivoire as champions of UNIFFAC.
Coach Mavougou wants his team to be out and express their all attacking might as they did to emerge champions of Congo over a year ago.
He intends to take Huracanes on at their own game by urging his team to keep chasing goals.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Guinea Football Federation, Mavougou said: “It is going to going to be a capital game in the competition and the two teams. Mentally we are very prepared. Tomorrow’s game is a final which will see three teams compete to win. Tomorrow we will be imposing in all aspects. Mazembe has three points and two goals while Huracanes have three points plus three goals it means they can score in many ways, so the best way is to score goals!
“The level of the three clubs is very high. Mazembe were favorites but now they realized there’s no small game. So for us tomorrow, we will play a high line to maximize our chance of winning and qualification.”
“Our opponents are prepared like we are too. This game will decide which team will represent our region. So it will not be easy.”
Mavougou, who won the Congolese Championship with Epah Ngamba, admits he is unsure whether such an approach can carry his club to ultimate success.
But despite the team’s current defensive vulnerabilities and lack of squad depth, he is convinced it is the correct way to play.
“We will give our all to why not score two goals in the first half and two in the second segment. It will not be easy and we are not certain this approach won’t expose us but that’s the best approach in this situation.”
“We call on our people back at home to be serene and support us tomorrow,” the astute tactician concluded.
Midfielder, Ngoula Sylvie Marie Gabelle who followed her gaffer to the pre-match conference assured of an improved outing compared to the first game in which they lost 2-0 against Mazembe.
“We are very prepared for the game tomorrow. For us it’s like a final and we don’t want to lose this game. We know Huracanes FC is good with very fast strikers, but we will not allow them to impose their game against us.”
Epah Ngamba are pointless going into the final game of the competition, but know a win against leaders Huracanes FC will put them in the mix of emerging UNIFFAC champions and traveling to Cote D’Ivoire next month for the third edition of the women’s flagship club competition on the continent.
The game kick-off at 3pm at the historic Estadio Nacional de Malabo at the center of Equatorial Guinea’s the main city.
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