Setif were 'demoralized' after conceding late equaliser, admits coach

Ahram Online , Saturday 21 Feb 2015

Setif fans
Fans of Algeria's Entente Setif cheer before their African Super Cup soccer match against Egypt's Ahly at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida February 21, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

ES Setif coach Kheireddine Madoui breathed a sigh of relief as his side picked themselves up after conceding a goal deep in stoppage time to defeat Egypt's Ahly on penalties and win the African Super Cup on Saturday.

Champions League holders Setif looked as though they had wrapped up their maiden Super Cup title after going into the injury time with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a second-half strike from Abdelmalek Ziaya.

But veteran striker and second-half substitute Emad Meteb, who famously helped Ahly become the first Egyptian side to win the Confederation Cup with a last-gasp header in last year's final against Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport, struck at the death again to force a penalty shootout following a blunder from the keeper.

Both sides looked composed in the normally nerve-jangling penalties, having converted their first five spot kicks, but Setif prevailed in the sudden death to spark wild celebrations at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida.

"I have to admit that the late goal was demoralizing for us," Madoui told BeIN Sports after the game.

Ziaya was over the moon after Setif overcame their illustrious opponents, the record winners of the Super Cup with six titles under their belt.

"Ahly boast a great history. We have beaten a very experienced team," he said.

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