Espérance could gain some ground
Espérance Tunis’ Cameroonian striker, Yannick Ndjeng
The Blood and Gold are currently leaders in Group A, following their away victory 2-0 against the Sunshine Stars in the first week of this group phase, and they will now attempt to gain some distance in front of their public against the Algerians.
Esperance coach, Nabil Maaloul, will be deprived of defender Walid Hichri, convalescing, and suspended midfielder, Majdi Traoui.
But this clash will also mark Algerian international, Mohamed Youcef Belaïli’s big debut into the Champions League wearing the colours of the Blood and Gold.
Espérance’s latest recruit has just qualified to participate in this competition and is eager to shine in front of his compatriots.
“It is true that it will feel like I am playing in an Algerian Championship against teams that I have played in the past, but the most important thing is to have a good match, because it is very important that I succeed in my baptism of fire,” stated the former MC Oran player.
ASO Chlef will be under pressure after being defeated 0-1 at home by Etoile Sportive du Sahel in their first group phase match. Rachid Belhout’s men, however, appear to be calm.
“We are ready, we gained confidence after a difficult start, but things are back to normal. Now we are looking on the bright side, we worked hard to prepare for this match and all that remains is to confirm against EST,” stated Red and White striker, Mohamed Messaoud.
Chlef will enjoy the return of Samir Zaoui and Samir Zazou, as well as the presence of new recruit, Cameroonian striker, Anisat Eninga.