Sudanese club side Al-Hilal will host Djoliba of Mali in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup semi-final 1st leg in Omdurman on Friday evening. Equatorial Guinea's and Al-Hilal utility player Narcisse Ekanga told Cafonline.com That they will do everything possible in-order to conquer Djoliba.
What do you make of this weekend's semi-final 1st leg match?
It will not be an easy match at this advanced stage in the competition. Djoliba have qualified after topping Group B. They will play with high spirits after winning the Malian super cup. They have prepared themselves well, but we will fight tooth and nail to win on Friday. We are looking at putting on an impeccable performance and to obtain a good result.
What is the motivation for the players to attain victory?
The players are very enthusiastic about playing this match. The paramount motivation for this generation of players lies in the fact that they are seriously thinking of achieving a continental honours that the team's fans have been awaiting for decades to attain.
What are the factors that will assist you in beating Djoliba?
I believe Al-Hilal squad is now in better form with a number of the injured players now recovered and back in training. We are also expecting the fans to support us throughout the match.
Al-Hilal will play the first leg at home. What impact will that have on the team?
We came second in Group A and will therefore have to play the first leg at home. We should win by a good margin so that we can take a healthy lead away and that should enable us play the match in better form.
What strengths does Al-Hilal have to reach the final?
Ekanga: We have excellent goalkeepers and defense and a strong midfield. We have conceded only three goals in the semi-final matches excluding the recent match against Al-Merreikh. We also have an excellent frontline. These are some of the strengths which t Al-Hilal is capable of using to reach the final.