Thursday, 20 August 2020

"We expected the win" Ndubuisi Egbo on KF Tirana's victory over Dinamo Tbilisi

"We expected the win" Ndubuisi Egbo on KF Tirana's victory over Dinamo Tbilisi

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ndubuisi Egbo penned his name in the history books on Wednesday evening by becoming the first African and Nigerian coach to lead his team in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

The Albanian champions breezed past Dinamo Tbilisi as goals from Agustin Torassa and Marsel Ismailgeci in the 45th and 86th minutes respectively saw KF Tirana book their spot in the second qualifying round. They now face former champions Red Star Belgrade.

Egbo concedes to the fact that Dinamo Tbilisi was more tactically and organized than his team who started training two days after the Albanian league ended. Dinamo Tbilisi has already played a total of ten games since the restart of the Georgian league.

Of course, we expected the win because we played according to how we planned the game, the strategy we'll use in the game and we succeeded in doing that," Egbo told on Thursday morning.

"Dinamo Tbilisi is a strong team, they've already played ten games in the league, so psychologically, mentally and physically they were fitter than us.

"We finished our league without any rest and started training after two days, in all aspects they were much more organized than us.

"But we believed from the first to the last moment that if we can play compact, stay together nearer to each other, be a shorter team, keep them at bay, the pressing and the time of pressing and those are the things we did.

"They played very tactically, good football, they were aggressive and have many good players. They used their two left-back and right-back to attack so we tried to cut off those areas and we succeeded in doing that.

"We believe we can get a good result in that game especially as it was an away game, we knew that they'll be under pressure not us because they are playing at home.

"We capitalized on that, I told my players to go into the game and enjoy themselves, without any stress, without any emotion, without any pressure."

The former Nigerian international had his say about his team's next opponent.

"We are facing another strong team, Red Star Belgrade of Serbia in the second round.

"Like I said in the first game, Dinamo was also a big team, the same as Red Star, we'll just take the game as it comes. We just focus on giving our maximum.

"We watched their last game in the Champions League against Europa FC, they have good players, they have a good team, they have young talented players and two black players that are very good.

"We will try to do our own best, to give our maximum and expectedly by the special grace of God we will get a good result in the game," Egbo concluded.

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