Al Hilal coach Mohamed Ouda opens up on playbook challenges in Kakamega Homeboyz draw

©Al Hilal

CAF CC Al Hilal coach Mohamed Ouda opens up on playbook challenges in Kakamega Homeboyz draw

Mark Kinyanjui 11:00 - 20.08.2023

If there was ever a masterclass on how to wind down the clock in football, then Al Hilal Benghazi would have taken the crown hands down as they frustrated Kakamega Homeboyz to a 0-0 draw

Al Hilal Benghazi head coach, Mohamed Ouda, has explained how his side managed to neutralize the threat posed by Kakamega Homeboyz in a CAF Confederation Cup preliminary fixture held at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Libyan giants appeared to deploy time wasting tactics especially in the second half despite Homeboyz dominating proceedings backed by a crowd of enthusiastic Kenyan fans and managed to force a draw which they will take to Libya for the second leg fixture.

“Before we started the match, we covered Homeboyz and we knew how to play, pass and how to close down everything and how to play long passes,” he said.

“Now we will get ready for the second leg.”

The Libyan side seemed to have their minds fixated on getting a draw in Nairobi as they only attacked on the counter, but most of their focus was on killing time and momentum.

At any available moment, Hilal always looked for opportunities to wind down the clock. Whether it was players going down with the slightest of touches or delaying restarts, the Libyans seemed to have perfected the art of limiting actual playing time on the field of play.

Ouda has revealed that his side got a decent result considering the fact they commenced preseason training just ten days ago, which left the side relatively lacking in match fitness.

“There is a main problem for us, our team. We started training ten days ago for this match, and yet we had not trained for two months because our league ended then.

“That is  why we did not play well but in the second leg, we will do better.”

The winning side will face Rwanda’s Rayon Sport in the second preliminary round, with the winners then preceding to qualify for the group stages of Africa’s second tier Continental competition.