20 March 2016

Africa: Nooij Eyes Historic Win Over Holders Mazembe

Ethiopian torchbearers Saint George arrived in Lubumbashi on Thursday afternoon ahead of their 1/16th round showdown with holders TP Mazembe of DR Congo.

The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in front of a 60,000 fans at the Bahir Dar National Stadium last week in Bahir Dar, 700-kilometres from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The first leg result gives the holders an edge over their guests, who are plotting one of the biggest upsets in the history of the premier continental club championship, by ousting 'Les Corbeaux' at their backyard.

Saint George coach Mart Nooij is upbeat his charges will be up to the task in the crucial second leg clash on Sunday.

"We have to do the same thing that we did a week ago in Bahir Dar for us to progress. We really have to do it again," the Dutch man told CAFOnline.com.

"We will give them a hard time at their backyard. We will see how the result turns out" said Nooij.

Midfielder Behailu Assefa, who was involved in his side's both goals in the previous fixture, remains optimistic of a positive result away in Lubumbashi.

"We should have won the first tie considering that we dominated the game. Football is all about current performance. We should be extra careful, if we are aiming for a place at the next round. We respect our opponents. We are aware that TP Mazembe are champions of Africa, but football has always been unpredictable.

"Our aim is to turnaround the result and make history," said the experienced midfielder, also a regular with the Ethiopia national team.

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