Algeria’s Mouloudia threaten powerhouses Ahly and Esperance

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 16 May 2011

Mouloudia coach Noureddine Zekri promises Egypt’s Ahly and Tunisia's Esperance a surprise in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals

Algeria’s Mouloudia

The coach of Alegerian side Mouloudia, Noureddine Zekri, has affirmed that his team will play to win in the CAF Champions League quarterfinals.

“We are stuck in a difficult group with experienced teams in the African competitions,” Zekri told an Algerian radio station.

Mouloudia were on Sunday drawn in Group B alongside Tunisia's Esperance, Egypt’s Ahly and the winner of the decider between Morroco’s Wydad Casablanca and Tanzania’s Simba.

“I hope that Morroco’s Wydad will be the fourth team in the group so that all teams will be from Arab countries as travelling to play in the African countries is exhausting for the players,” the coach added.

The Algerian team reached the last eight, for the first time in their history, after defeating Angola’s Interclube 4-3 on aggregate. Apparently Mouloudia coach seemed confident about going ahead in the continental tournament despite the strength of opponents.

“We will prove our worth. Ahly and Esperance are the most likely candidates to progress, but we will spring a surprise,” the coach concluded.

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