Do-or-die for Espérance in Bamako

Do-or-die for Espérance in Bamako
Esperance de Tunis striker Haythem Jouini

by Staff Reporter

Friday Aug 07, 2015. 16:45

Espérance de Tunis visit Stade Malien in Bamako on Sunday, in matchday four of the Confederation Cup in Group A.

Still pointless halfway through the competition, following consecutive losses to Al Ahly, Etoile du Sahel and Stade Malien, who enjoyed a 2-1 victory in Radès in the reverse fixtures despite being down to ten men for the entire second half, the ‘Blood and Gold’ will have no choice but to secure all three points in the Malian capital to keep their hopes of a semifinal spot alive.

“We made huge defensive mistakes and were outpaced. It took them just three or four passes to be in front of our goal,” Espérance boss José Anigo admitted following their home defeat to the Malians.

“This team lacks some quality players.

“Regarding our chances going forward, it will be up to our ability to react and to improve."

Meanwhile, Stade Malien remain well on course for a place in the last four, lying third on four points, only three adrift of group leaders Al Ahly.

And coach Kamel Djabour has welcomed the victory in Tunisia as a huge confidence boost in their continental journey.

“This win gave us a big boost for the remainder of the tournament. We are ready to face big sides,” Djabour said.

The match will kick off at Stade Modibo Keita at 18h30 CAT on Sunday 9 August 2015.

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