Chisom Elvis Chikatara (L) of Wydad Casablanca vies for the ball with Maroof Isuf (R) of Zamalek during the African Champions League (CAF) semi-final leg soccer match between Zamalek and Wydad Casablanca at Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, 24 September 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA
Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 10:30
Wydad Casablanca coach Hussein Amotta has admitted that his side’s CAF Champions League semifinal, second-leg clash against USM Alger will be played “under heavy pressure”.
The Moroccans will host USMA at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Saturday night, with the first leg in Algiers at the end of September finishing in a goalless stalemate.
This leaves the tie precariously balanced and Amotta, who masterminded Wydad’s defeat of 2016 African champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the previous round, knows it will be a tough evening for both teams.
"The game will be under heavy pressure, especially as the opponent will come with the intention of trapping us,” the former Morocco international is quoted by Le Buteur.
He added, “I say it and I repeat it, the draw we snatched in Algiers in the first leg can trap us.
“We must forget it because it can play us a bad turn. So we should not be satisfied with a blank draw.
“Otherwise we will find ourselves in a difficult situation, especially as the opponent is dangerous on the counters.
“That's what scares me. That's why I tell my players not to be content with the outcome of the first leg.”
The match will kick-off at 22h30 CAT on Saturday evening. The winners will advance to the final and face either Al Ahly or Etoile du Sahel.