MC Alger eye CAFCC semifinals

MC Alger eye CAFCC semifinals
Sid Ahmed Aouadj of MC Alger challenged by Sanele Justice Mkhweli of Mbabane Swallows

by Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 11:30

MC Alger have their eyes firmly set on the semifinals of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup ahead of their second-leg meeting away to Club Africain at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Sunday evening.

Kick-off in the quarterfinal showdown is at 8:00pm CAT (7:00pm local time).

The Algerian outfit beat their opponents 1-0 in the reverse fixture last weekend, with Hichem Nekkache finding the back of the net in the ninth minute of the clash to lead the hosts to an important win on home soil.

Victory - and the fact that they were able to keep a clean sheet at Stade du 5 Juillet - gives them a distinct advantage heading into the away fixture.

Africain, though, will take confidence from their home form with the 2011 runners-up having recorded three wins from three matches - at an average of three goals a game - on their way to topping Group A.

Alger's in contrast were unable to win on their travels in the group stages, with two draws followed by a 4-0 loss away to CS Sfaxien in what was their most recent visit of Tunisia.

Burundi match official Thierry Nkurunziza will take charge of the clash.

The aggregate winner will face either SuperSport United or ZESCO United for a place in the final of Africa's second-tier cup competition.

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