Sunshine hopeful despite key absentees
Isaac Hele will miss Sunshine clash in Algeria
Ibrahim has been ruled out of the crucial Group A by suspension, while Osas Idehen and Okomu James are injured.
The team also left without former Enyimba and Heartland winger John Owoeri, whose transfer papers are still being awaited, as well as Cameroonian defender Isaac Hele.
However, the Nigerian club are still optimistic they will get another result on the road as they aim to reach the knockout stage of the continent’s foremost club competition.
They are second on the table with four points, five points adrift of leaders and defending champions Esperance of Tunisia.
Striker Izu Azuka told MTNFootball.com Sunshine are confident of a result in Algeria even without some of their top stars.
"Even though we would miss the services of these players we are confident that we would get the desire result in Algeria," said Azuka, who scored one of the team’s goals in the reverse fixture in Ijebu-Ode a fortnight ago.
"We understand that a win on Friday would put us in a very good position to finish behind Esperance in the group and so we are working towards getting a win in Algeria.
Speaking with MTNFootball.com at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos before their departure, skipper Godfrey Oboabona, Moses Ocheje and Tamen Medrano equally said they are in Algeria for a favourable result that will confirm their semi final berth.
"We are ready for the game. We are going into the game aim of getting three points so as to move forward," said Oboabona, who has been left out of Super Eagles friendly against Niger on Wednesday because of this match.
"We thank God for the victory against ASO in the first leg. We are going there now for another victory, so as to cement our place in the semi-final and we are capable of doing," midfielder Medrano told MTNFootball.com
ASO Chlef are also aiming for their first win in the group stage of the competition on Friday.
Defender Youcef Maamar said they hope to avenge the loss they suffered a fortnight ago.
“We are all disappointed to lose because we were not expecting that. But that’s in the past now,” he said.
“We must therefore turn the table against them in front of our fans so as to erase our last loss. Team spirit is back and we also know we must work harder and think about better days.
“They are good side and we must work harder to get victory. Both teams will fight to get a result. It will be a hotly contested match, but we will do everything to win our first game for the fans.”