Athlétic Club Léopards de Dolisie of Congo takes a slender 2-1 lead into the Orange CAF Confederation Cup semi-final 2nd leg against Sudanese side Al-Merriekh in Omdurman this weekend. Herman Lakolo the Congolese side's midfielder told Cafonline.com that they are able to score in Omdurman and a draw will be enough for them to qualify for the final.
What is your assessment of the first game result in Dolisie?
It is a positive result although we conceded a goal. The important thing is that we won against a big team like Al-Merreikh that is has vast experience in continental club competition. We however faced difficult conditions with the bad pitch, because of rainfalls. It affected the players' performance, but Al-Merreikh players seem to have the right boots for the wet pitch. We therefore had problems in passing and speed in our movement. The wet pitch did not help us in playing the manner we are accustomed to. But the match was still open and witnessed great moments.
Will you be able to defend this result this weekend?
We will play the Omdurman match armed with willpower. We will try to avoid conceding a goal. Our team is capable of scoring in Omdurman. The atmosphere in our camp is excellent and the morale is high. The players, are determined to perform well in Omdurman. We will seek to qualify for the final .
Tell us about Al-Merreikh, what kind of team is it going by what you saw in Dolisie?
Al-Merreikh is a team with vast experience in African club competitions as well as good players. Perhaps our pitch which was wet because of the rainfalls did not reveal their true capacities. Al-Merreikh have a disorganized midfield but they have Isam El-Hadary who is a very good goalkeeper behind their defense line.
What are the ambitions of your teammates in Omdurman match?
Our target is to march past Al-Merreikh to reach the final and thereafter win the Orange CAF Confederation cup.