Friday Oct 04, 2019. 09:00
The coach of Algerian club JS Kabylie, Hubert Velud, has warned his team that tougher times lie ahead of them in the CAF Champions League.
‘The Lions of Djurdjura’ only narrowly squeezed into the group stage of the continental competition, having defeated Horoya of Guinea on penalties after the teams drew 2-2 on aggregate across their qualification tie.
Kabylie lost 2-0 in the return leg in Conakry last weekend, but held their nerve in the post-game shootout to reach the group stage for the first time since 2010.
Yet JSK’s inactivity in CAF club competitions in recent years means that they have a low ranking and will be in Pot 4 when the draw for the groups is made next Wednesday – effectively guaranteeing a difficult pool.
“We pulled our qualification in the group stage against a good team, Horoya. Our mission has not been a simple one and I congratulate my players for their reaction to the second leg,” Velud explained, as quoted by Le Buteur.
However, the Frenchman warned: “The hardest is yet to come. The next step will be even more difficult. When we see the make up of the four pots, we understand perfectly well that we will have to fight with the biggest teams of the continent.
“We must expect to fall into a group that contains even stronger teams. We will do our best to go as far as possible but we must not also demand the impossible.”
JSK are two-time kings of Africa (1981 and 1990), while their last significant performance in the Champions League was reaching the semifinals in 2010.