1 November 2012

Mali/Sudan: Inexperience Will Not Stand in Our Way - Djoliba's Issa Traore

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Djoliba midfielder Issa Traore says he does not think inexperience will stop his side from advancing past their more seasoned opponents Al Hilal of Sudan when the two clash this weekend in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup semi-final 1st leg in Omdurman. The 19 year old admitted to Cafonline.com that Djoliba had a youthful side but remained positive of victory over Hilal.

How do you expect from this weekend's tie in Omdurman?

It will not be an easy match, considering Al-Hilal's experience in continental club competition but then again Djoliba came first in Group B so that sets up a good match in prospect.

What tactics will you adopt for Friday encounter?

We are a club that plays attacking football. We will attack because we want to return with the best result.

Where will your motivation come from?

We have a number of new players in Djoliba and it will be our first time to play in the semi-final of a continental competition. This is our greatest motivation, we have achieved great success by reaching the semi-final. We attained the highest points among the clubs from the two groups. No other side managed to collect 13 points. We want to prove our worth.

What are the factors that will assist you in presenting a serious challenge?

Issa Traore: We are full of zeal. We play as a group and provide advice for each other throughout the match. That is the secret of our success so far this year in all competitions we have played in.

What is the atmosphere like in Djoliba's camp?

The atmosphere couldn't be better. The players are determined to play well and put up a strong performance. Everything has been well organized and our morale is very high.

What is your realistic goal in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup?

Issa Traore: Now that we have got this far and deservedly so , we want to go all the way and win the Cup.

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