Gaborone United (GU) is back in the African Club competitions. On Saturday GU will host Egyptian side Hara El Hodood in a Confederations encounter that is widely expected to create fireworks.
GU is participating into the confederations tournament after being eliminated from the African Champions League by Zimbabwean side Dynamos. Before the Dynamos encounter GU had an impressive run and even knocked out South African giants Orlando Pirates. This time around they will have their work cut out for them, as they face a team that has been steadily improving in the Egyptian League and African competitions. El Hodood has participated in the confederations cup for the past three years, and they should not be taken lightly. Last season the team finished in a respectable position six in the Egyptian Premier League. However GU remains confident that they will come back with a victory.
“We are ready for the Egyptian side and we want to score as many goals as possible. We have been in camp for almost a month and we played several invaluable friendly matches,” said GU Secretary General, Kagiso Sebele.
Sebele however conceded that they do not know much about El Hodood and they are doing their best to gather as much information as they can.
The obvious person to advice GU is BDF XI goalkeeper Modiri Marumo. He left the Egyptian club four months ago after playing for them for two years. Marumo was forced to come home after the Egyptian Football Association barred foreign goalkeepers from playing in Egypt.
Countries like Tunisia have also taken this stance, and they have come under heavy criticism from some quarters of African football. GU’s main undoing is the fact that they have lost their coach, Major David Bright, to South African side Bay United. While Sebele acknowledged that this is a big loss, he is adamant that their current mentor, Mike Sithole, is up to the task.
“We had to look for continuity and Sithole was the ideal candidate. Almost all the players at the team were signed by him before he left us for BMC and he knows them like the palm of his hand,” he said.
GU have since released the duo of Mpho Mabogo and Tiroyamodimo Mohambi and signed Thebe Maiketso and Mmusa Ohilwe from BMC. Ohilwe and Maiketso will however not be eligible to play in the upcoming match against El Hodood.