In Summary

  • Ulinzi Stars coach Benjamin Nyangweso says that the mind games he played on Egyptian club Smouha last week was the reason his team was able to pull off the excellent performance during Saturday’s Caf Confederation Cup return match in Machakos.
  • The soldiers put up a gallant fight in their home match against Smouha, although they recorded a 4-3 aggregate loss that eventually saw them get eliminated from the competition.
  • Nyangweso explained that after Ulinzi’s 4-0 defeat in the away match played in Alexandria a week ago, he deliberately made utterances that insinuated that they had lost all hope of remaining in the competition.

Ulinzi Stars coach Benjamin Nyangweso says that the mind games he played on Egyptian club Smouha last week was the reason his team was able to pull off the excellent performance during Saturday’s Caf Confederation Cup return match in Machakos.

The soldiers put up a gallant fight in their home match against Smouha, although they recorded a 4-3 aggregate loss that eventually saw them get eliminated from the competition.

Nyangweso explained that after Ulinzi’s 4-0 defeat in the away match played in Alexandria a week ago, he deliberately made utterances that insinuated that they had lost all hope of remaining in the competition.

This, he said, served to give the Egyptians a destructive sense of overconfidence in their approach to the return match.

“When I said that we are not Barcelona to score five goals, I knew what I was doing. You know there is a language you can use on an opponent so that they stop viewing you as a threat and they relax even in their approach to the game. That is what I did.

“I think it worked because Smouha came here with some crazy levels of confidence. They came with the mentality that they would win easily and we took advantage and neutralize them completely.

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