Speaking exclusively to Goal.com, Amars Niyongabo of the Swallows revealed that being a knockout tournament; they will attack from onsetEXCLUSIVE
By Dennis Mabuka
Burundi have vowed to qualify at the expense of Kenya when the two sides clash in the return leg match of the Chan qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Goal.com, the Swallows assistant coach Amars Niyongabo said being a knockout tournament; they will attack Harambee Stars from onset.
“This is a knock out tournament and we don't have any intentions of closing shop. We want to play an open game and go for early goals to kill off Kenya. We are in a mission started in Bujumbura and must be accomplished in Nairobi.”
“We want to show Kenya a good match and it will be silly for us to deploy a defensive approach. We won 1-0 in Bujumbura and to me that is not good enough to see us progress to the next stage. We will attack and defend at the same time.”
Niyongabo insists that the outcome of the first leg encounter does not reflect the superb display the Swallows put up.
“We scored two clear goals that were disallowed for no good reason. We should have beaten Kenya 5-0 had the match referee not been biased and that could have been a comfortable result.”
“But that is gone now and we need to be ready for Sunday. I have lots of respect for Kenya more so coach James Nandwa, who has done great since taking the team’s reigns.”
He added, “We want to go far in this competition and better our performance from the last edition where we were eliminated in the first round by Uganda."
"We have a young team that works hard every day and wants to learn new tricks every time we are in training. Sunday will not be exceptional because they (team) want to show what they can deliver.”
Burundi beat Uganda Cranes 2-1 in the first leg encounter in Bujumbura but succumbed 1-3 in Kampala two weeks later to exit the tournament.
Niyongabo confirmed that they have no injury concerns and will field similar squad that played Kenya in the first leg. He also revealed that danger man Selemani Ndikumana, who missed the first leg, will not be available again since he had completed a switch to Sudanese side El Mereikh.
Burundi, who are handled by Egyptian tactician Lotfiy Mohammed, jetted into the country on Wednesday night and are are yet to hold a training session due to lack of venue. "We are looking at several options (venues) to have Burundi prepare adequately and this issue should be sorted out before close of business," said a Kenya FA official.