Mouloudia Club D’Alger coach Bernard Casoni during the African Confederation Cup 2017 match between Algerian Mouloudia Club D’Alger and Tunisian Club Africain in Algiers, Algeria on 16 September 2017 © BackpagePix

by
Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 13:00


MC Alger are only halfway towards beating Club Africain in the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals, according to coach Bernard Casoni.

The Algerians won the first leg 1-0 at the 5 July Stadium in Algiers on Saturday night, with Hichem Nekkache scoring early on to separate the two North African sides.

Ahead of the return leg on Sunday evening, Casoni says his team performed strongly but will need to maintain their intensity to secure progression.

“There are certainly good things but we still have work to do,” he told Le Buteur.

“We must therefore forget this one-leg match because the qualification will be played in two heats, and we won only the first half and we must remain lucid so that we can negotiate the second half and ensure the qualification.”

Casoni added, “We will focus our work on recovery so that our team can present themselves with the best possible physical freshness.

“The Club Africain is not by chance at this stage of the competition and we must remain very concentrated, because it is a derby that will be played on details.

“So we will do everything we can to do the same match in terms of game intensity and avoid making the same mistakes.

“We will take advantage of this week to fine-tune our preparation, and that reassures me the most.”

The second leg will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Sunday evening. The aggregate winners will face either SuperSport United or Zesco United in the semifinals.


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