DR Congo's Motema Pembe to face Uganda's Victors football club

09:19, March 16, 2011      

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Motema Pembe, one of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) top football clubs, will face Uganda's Victors on Friday in the first round tie of the CAF Confederations Cup.

The Congolese team is expected in Uganda on Wednesday with 18 players and seven officials.

Victors are carrying Uganda's flag after national league champions Bunnamwaya FC failed to register for the continental champions' league.

Uganda's Victors eliminated Swaziland's Mbabane Highlanders 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, while Motema Pembe ejected Zanzibar's KMKM 6-0 on goal aggregate in the previous round.

Victors head coach George Nsimbe told Xinhua on Tuesday that they want to use their home advantage well enough before traveling to DRC for the return leg.

"We need to make sure we score goals and also defend well so that we don't make our trip for the return leg very difficult," he said.

"I know the Congolese are strong and gifted, but we also have a good side," the former national midfielder with the Uganda Cranes in the late 1980's added.

He said all his players were in fit to take on the DRC side.

In the East African region, only Victors of Uganda, Simba in Tanzania and Kenya's Sofapaka are still remaining in the continental league while the other teams have been eliminated.

Source: Xinhua

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