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Kurukuru determined to bounce back

A dejected Kurukuru side left the Nimibutr Stadium on Saturday but signs that the team spirit is on the mend were abound this morning following their recovery session yesterday afternoon. The mood in the camp now is one of hope and a renewed determination.
Head coach Dickson Kadau made clear to his players after the loss that the Russian game is gone but their campaign can be salvaged with wins in their last 2 matches.
“I understand that the players were in pain after the loss against Russia but we have to look forward to our remaining pool matches. As far as I am concerned the Russian defeat is history and beyond our reach but we are still in control of our destiny when it comes to Colombia and Guatemala,” Kadau says.
Their match against Colombia will be crucial if the Kurukuru want to recover any hopes of going into the second round. But even a win then may not be enough as they will need another 3 points against Guatemala to qualify outright behind Russia. On paper this seems a straight forward affair but on the ground the task is herculean.
Colombia opened their campaign with a 5-2 loss against Guatemala despite leading 2-1 at one stage in the game and will prove difficult for the Kurukuru to beat. The classy South American side qualified in 4th place from CONMEBOL and their path to the world cup included matches against Brazil and Argentina. The team attacks effectively but Kurukuru will hope it can capitalise on their defensive lapses to muster the game their way.
Guatemala are favourites to qualify from Group F besides Russia so the Kurukuru have their work cut out for them when they meet Central Americans on Friday. However, a previous meeting between the two ended in a 6-6 draw but it was the Kurukuru who were in front. That was 3 years ago at the Alfateh Intercontinental Championship in Libya and Guatemalans have improved vastly since then, but so have Kurukuru.
The key for the Kurukuru according to their captain, Elliot Ragomo, is to stay cool and play with the belief to win.
“In the world cup it is about your country and you want to get emotional and against Russia we suffered for that. In our next 2 games we have to play smartly and objectively and leave our emotions in the dressing room,” Ragomo said.
“The question about whether we can win will be settled after the final whistle has sounded. But if you ask whether we believe that we can win, yes we believe that we can win – that is one thing we all share.”
The clash against Colombia takes place at 5:00pm local time on Tuesday at the Nimibutr Stadium. The Guatemala game will be played at the same time on Friday at Huamark Hall.

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