Djoliba drew 1-1 with visiting Congolese side AC Leopards during match day 2 of the Orange Confederation Cup but the Malian side had to overcome some handicaps to play among them illness to first team coach.
The assistant coach, Sidi Cisse believes that the early goal the team conceded was more disastrous than the absences of key players. Cisse spoke to Cafonline.com after the match.
How do you evaluate the encounter?
We conceded an early goal which set the tone from the onset. We should not have conceded the goal which affected us especially in the first half. However we managed the second half intelligently. We are contented with this draw but we were determination to get three points .
There were several absences in the team including the main coach. Did that not weaken the team?
I don't think so. I have personally managed the team for almost the entire season. And when the result is not favourable I cannot blame it on absences. A team is a group of players and not some individuals.
How did you find AC Leopards?
It is a very good team with good ball control. It has quality players; one must be honest to admit it. We will study the unfolding events and see what to do to reach the semi-finals .
How do you foresee your next match against WAC?
Sidi Cisse: We will continue to train hard and with determination to do well. With time, those absent as well as our main coach will be back and l am sure we will be competitive.