St. GeorgeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coach Ã¢â‚¬â€œKruger – We have to be on guard in the return leg
EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â St. GeorgeÃ‚Â leaves Cairo with a positive result after holding EgyptÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â ZamalekÃ‚Â to a 1-1 draw at theÃ‚Â Cairo Air Defense StadiumÃ‚Â on Saturday. The game marked the first leg of the 2013Ã‚Â Orange CAF Champions LeagueÃ‚Â second round encounter, with the return leg scheduled in Addis Ababa in a fortnight. St. GeorgeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s German manager Michael Kruger praised his chargesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ performance but warned them from ZamalekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s continental experience that could be vital in the second leg.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy with this resultÃ¢â‚¬Â, Kruger toldÃ‚Â Cafonline.comÃ‚Â after the game. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not easy to force an away draw with a great team like Zamalek. We studied them well and respected them and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why we had this good result. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m satisfied with my playersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ performance. We could have won today but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good stepÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Kruger praised his teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s players and especially his goalkeeper Tadele. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All my players had a great game, but I believe Tadele is the gameÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hero. He saved us from some very difficult situations. ZamalekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s keeper (El Sayed) also was awesome and he saved many chances. I believe the draw is well deserved. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good result for us against a former African champion like ZamalekÃ¢â‚¬Â, Kruger added.
The German manager warned his charges from over confidence before the return leg. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Zamalek will come to Addis Ababa searching for a win, and that will make it a very tough game. ZamalekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s continental experience is much broader than ours and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s even harder. Yes we had a draw in Cairo, but we won nothing yet. We have to be cautious and determined to win and reach the next roundÃ¢â‚¬Â, he said.
Kruger considered St. GeorgeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mission as a national cause. Ã¢â‚¬Å“St. George represents Ethiopia in the Champions League. It would be great if an Ethiopian team reached the group stage. We have a big responsibility to fulfill, but we can do it and qualify to the group stage. That would be amazingÃ¢â‚¬Â, Kruger concluded.
The return leg is to be played after two weeks time at the National Stadium inÃ‚Â Addis Ababa,Ã‚Â with the aggregate winner qualifying to the mini league stage of the continentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s premier club competition.