Ghana’s Chelsea coach wary of Morocco’s Raja

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 26 Mar 2012

Frustrated Raja Casablanca will not be a walkover for Ghana’s formidable Berekum Chelsea

Hans Van der Pluijm
Hans Van der Pluijm

Despite his team's big win over Raja Casablanca in the African Champions League round of 32, Ghana’s Berekum Chelsea coach, Hans Van der Pluijm, insists he will not underestimate the Moroccans in the second leg.

Raja Casablanca are likely to exit the prestigious continental tournament after suffering a humiliating 5-0 defeat on Sunday night.

Putting the first-leg advantage aside, Van der Pluijm believes his team must fight in the second leg in Morocco to proceed towards their maiden Champions League appearance.

"It’s a good score line for us, but you know we have to keep our cool and try to finish the job in two weeks time," Van der Pluijm told

Raja has won Africa’s premier club competition three times: in 1989, 1997 and 1999. They have not reached the last four, however, since qualifying for the semi-final in 2005, and now require a miraculous comeback when they host the Ghanaians on 6 April to offset Sunday's shock defeat.

"We know the pedigree of Raja in their own backyard and they will attempt to get the goals in front of their home fans – so we’re not getting complacent at all,” explained Van der Pluijm.

"I believe we have a great chance to qualify, and that’s what we’ll be working at in the next couple of days. We’ll go there to protect our goals and try to get one or two,” the Dutch coach concluded.

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