Wydad look to use home advantage

Wydad look to use home advantage
Wydad Casablanca

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Apr 11, 2019. 12:00

Wydad Casablanca will look to make the most of home advantage when they host Horoya AC for the return leg of their CAF Champions League quarterfinal on Saturday, 13 April 2019.

The match is slated for the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, with kick-off at 21h00 CAT.

The teams’ first-leg meeting at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry ended in a goalless stalemate, a result which seemingly favours the Moroccans as hosts for the second leg, but means the Guinea visitors can advance on the away goals rule with any score draw in the return game.

Horoya will fell aggrieved that they are not heading to North Africa with a lead, having argued that first-leg referee Eric Otogo-Castane of Gabon should have awarded them two penalties in Conakry last Saturday.

"You have to visualise some actions that are very contentious. A penalty kick, the referee goes back on his decision, I think there was another," said Didier Gomes Da Rosa, who took charge of his first Champions League match at the helm of Horoya.

Wydad Casablanca coach Faouzi Benzarti countered: "This referee refereed me at least four times [in my career] but like any human being he can be wrong, but believe me it is a very honest guy."

Gomes Da Rosa continued, "There is no one who is qualified and no one who is eliminated. I told my players that a draw would qualify us there. The Horoya will move to Rabat with a lot of determination.”

The referee for this match is Janny Sikazwe from Zambia. The aggregate winners will advance to meet either Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) or Al Ahly (Egypt) in the semifinals.

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