Coach Diallo confesses tough task Ahead
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
The CAF Champions League first leg encounter against Liberian side, Nimba United was a tough task, Union Sportive de Duala manager told FOCUS Sports, Sunday.
Coach Joseph Siewe Diallo says despite his side 3-1 away victory over the Nimba County fans based club, he was impressed with the Liberian performance.
The Cameroonian National League runner-up took a huge step to qualification following a comfortable first leg victory over the Liberian champion on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
Union Douala coach attributed the Mountaineers’ defeat to ‘lacked of strategy’ and noted that more work need to be done in the expert.
The 41-year old technician further disclosed that nearly all of the players in his squad are greenhorn to the competition.
“Nearly all of my players played Champions League football for the first time today against Nimba United which has very good players, especially the player wearing the number 12 jersey,” Coach Diallo stated.
Coach Diallo refused to overlook his opponents ahead of the return fixture cautioning that all is not over for the Liberia’s champions.
“I cannot say that Union Douala has qualified because we still have a match to play in Douala and in football, everything is possible so the match for us is very important.
“Yes we want to win but it’s going to be a difficult match because Nimba United has a very good team,” the Cameroonian coach said.
He extolled United's Franklin Mulbah for his fine exploit during the first leg; warning that he will be a player to watch out for in the return leg.
The winger was introduced in 42nd minute for Sierra Leonean Amandu Barrie who struggled to discover his form against the Cameroonians.
Mulbah also unsterilized the defense of Union Douala after he penetrated in three separated occasion of the match.
United’s brightest scoring chance before Adetu Evanonye’s consolation goal came through Mulbah, but his volley from the edge of the box was brilliantly tipped over the woodwork by Moise Pouatry.
United is expected to play a friendly in Nigeria while in route to Cameroon to play the reverse fixture which is due in two weeks-time in Duala.