FUS Rabat head coach Walid Regragui has vowed that his team won’t be looking for any excuses despite being reduced to a travelling party of 15 players ahead of their showdown with Kampala City FC in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday.
Group A of Africa’s second-tier continental club competition is beautifully poised, with all four clubs on six points after four matches.
However, while Nigeria’s Rivers United — who host Club Africain in Port Harcourt– are themselves heavily depleted, they’re not quite juggling the level of problems that the Moroccan heavyweights are contending with.
“The CAF calendar is always complicated,” Regragui told journalists [as per Le Matin]. “We’ve only got 15 players available, six players are suspended and the contracts of many others are expiring.
“However, we’re not going to complain,” he continued. “It will be a difficult match and to take a point in this match would be a good result, even a feat.”
Fath Union Sport, Confederation Cup winners in 2010, will take encouragement from the fact that they thumped the Ugandans 3-0 in their group-stage opener. However, their form has declined since then, with a home victory over Club Africain sandwiched in between defeats away against Rivers United and in Tunisia.
“The situation gets more and more complicated when you’re contesting matches at the season’s end,” Regragui continued. “Many of our players are about to leave, others are already injured, the mission isn’t going to be easy.
“A draw would be logical and fair, but we’ll do our best.”
FUS Rabat ended the season in seventh place in the Moroccan top flight, finishing 26 points behind winners Wydad Casablanca.