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Eduardo Hungaro carries “great hope” that Botafogo can qualify for the Copa Libertadores group stages

Eduardo Hungaro during last week's Libertadores clash
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Eduardo Hungaro faces the biggest match in his short reign as first team manager of Botafogo as they need to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their Copa Libertadores second leg clash against Deportivo Quito.

However, despite trailing from the first leg, which was dominated by the Ecuadorian side, Hungaro believes Fogão can still qualify for the group stages.

Brazil newspaper Lance quoted the coach, who has enjoyed an unsuccessful start to his managerial spell with the Botafogo senior side.

Hungaro said: “I hope that my star shines. Sometimes we work a lifetime and this kind of situation doesn’t happens.

“I will live this situation today for the first time.”

The 50-year-old, who has worked with various Botafogo youth teams, admitted to feeling anxious ahead of Wednesday’s match.

He does enthuse that his team can qualify for the next round though and praised his “fantastic” team.

“It is impossible that a game does not mess with the anxiety,” added Botafogo’s manager.

“The role of the coach is to show peace for all and stay relaxed.

“We have a fantastic group, with everyone always connected. I have great hope in our classification.”

Hungaro and Botafogo will hope for some much needed cheer as so far 2014 has brought serious disruption to a team which finished 4th in the Brasileirão.


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