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Matlama ready for Angolans

Matlama’s head coach Charles Manda

Aug. 15, 2019 2 min read

MASERU – Matlama’s head coach Charles Manda is confident that his charges will up their game when they meet Petro De Luanda in Angola on August 23 in the second leg of CAF Champions League campaign. Matlama went down 2 – 0 last Sunday at Setsoto Stadium at the hands of the pacey Angolans in the first of the campaign. Manda who comes from Malawi said their preparations were not enough but promised a better showing in Angola.

Matlama conceded both goals in the first half of the match with the opening goal netted hardly 10 minutes into the game. The hosts came back from the half time break all fired-up, making endless attempts to balance the equation.But their attempts at the Angolans’ goals were in vain because the visitors’ goalkeeper Delgato Elbar was too careful for any mistakes. 

The second half did not produce any fruits for either team as the final score remained 2 -0. In a post-match interview, Mamba said they knew the Angolans would come at them strongly, especially at the beginning of the match.  He said his next assignment was to ensure that his charges worked on their weaknesses and capitalised on their strengths. 

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“Football is a matter of having quality players and knowing how to utilize them at the right moment,” he said.  He said their game against Petro De Luanda had initially been set for September but the rescheduling to last Sunday unsettled their preparations which became rushed and brief.  “Mine is to return to the drawing board and devise a possible strategy that will work to our advantage in Angola,” he said, adding he was aware that beating Petro De Luanda before their home fans would be mammoth task. 

For his part, Petro De Luanda’s coach Amtomio Cosgmo said despite the 2 – 0 victory over the Lesotho champions, playing Matlama was not a walk in the park.  Cosgmo speaking through an interpreter said Matlama returned from the second half of the game very strong and put his charges under a lot of pressure.  “We need to be careful with them because they are a tricky lot,” he said. 


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