Ethiopian club side,Ã‚Â St. GeorgeÃ‚Â will face the Tunisian side CS Sfaxien in their third Group A match of the Orange CAF Confederation Cup that will take place at the Addis Ababa stadium onÃ‚Â Sunday.Ã‚Â St. GeorgeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â German head coach Michel Kruger sounded aÃ‚Â cautious tone in a pre-match interview withÃ‚Â Cafonline.comÃ‚Â ahead of the match againstÃ‚Â CS Sfaxien.
Cafonline.com: You are currently preparing in Nazareth that is hot and dry while Addis Ababa is rainy and cold. The match againstÃ‚Â CS Sfaxien will take place in Addis Ababa. Is it a good choice?
Michael Kruger:Ã‚Â We have no other choice than Nazareth. Due to the heavy rain in Addis Ababa there is no pitch for training. That is why we are in Nazareth.
Cafonline.com: How are the preparations going forÃ‚Â Sunday?
Michael Kruger:Ã‚Â Given the circumstances we have done what is expected from us. We areÃ‚Â mentally and physically ready for the SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s big challenge. We are out to prove that and we are still a force in the group at this level. We lost three points when we were defeated 2-1 by Etoile Du Sahel in our second away match but we havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t lost our will to win.
Cafonline.com: What is the situation with injuries in your camp?
Michael Kruger:Ã‚Â Yes we have some . Defender Alula Girma has a sustained injury. Due to the muscle problem striker Oumed Ukury may not be in the line-up. I hope Oumed will get a quickÃ‚Â recovery. In addition to this, experienced defenders Degu Debebe and Abebaw Butako will not play due to the suspension. The good news is that Biadglign Elias has fully recovered and ready for the next match.
Cafonline.com: With these circumstance what are your expectations forÃ‚Â SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s match?
Michael Kruger:Ã‚Â It will be a very difficult match for us. We are facing the best team in our group.Ã‚Â CS Sfaxien side are now on top of Group A after collecting the full 6 points from two games, first beating Etoile Du Sahel 1-0Ã‚Â and in the second away match they beat Stade Malien 2-1. What I can say is that we will try our best and fight for 90 minutes to get the 3 points we badly need.
Cafonline.com: But St. George has had good record at home this season.
Michael Kruger:Ã‚Â I know that we had good results in the past. It is possible to repeat that feat on Sunday. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget that this is our first time to reach the group stage which is at the same time our target. But we have to be realistic. This is a learning process for us and no one expects us to go in to the semi-final stage. To be realistic, the challenge will be tough on Sunday.
Cafonline.com: What do you expect from the match againstÃ‚Â CS Sfaxien?
Michael Kruger:Ã‚Â We had a very disappointing result againstÃ‚Â Etoile Du Sahel. We conceded defeat due to the mistake by one of our players. We learntÃ‚Â that lesson. With careful play we expect a win. So far we are second in Group A with one goal difference. (St. George and and Etoile du Sahel have equal three points.)
Cafonline.com: Do you think you have achieved a lot in the continental competitions this season?
Michael Kruger:Ã‚Â As I see it, our achievement is just showing the good picture of the Ethiopian football in the continent. But weÃ‚Â have plenty of ambitionsÃ‚Â our ambitions are on the rise to achieve better than before. As a team we have made history by reaching this stage. Without doubt, getting a ticket to advance in to the semi-final is a big bonus for the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s football. Personally I am happy that our attempts and achievements were good. Other than Sunday, we have three more matches in the group stage this season so we will try to make further progress.