JSK look for turnaround against Esperance

JSK look for turnaround against Esperance
Fares Nechat Djabri of JS Kabylie on the attack during the CAF Champions League 2022/23 Quarterfinal match between JS Kabylie and Esperance held at 5 July 1962 Stadium in Algiers, Algeria on 21 April 2023 ©Djaffar Lakjal/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 28, 2023. 15:00

JS Kabylie will look to turn their CAF Champions League quarterfinal tie against Esperance de Tunis around when the teams meet for a return-leg match at Stade Hammadi Agrebi in Tunis on the evening of Saturday 29 April 2023, kick-off at 21:00 CAT.

The Tunisian side hold the advantage in this tie after securing a 1-0 away win in Algeria at the Stade du 5 Juillet last weekend.

Mohamed Ali Ben Hammouda struck the decisive goal early in the second half as the Blood and Gold put themselves within touching distance of the final four.

Esperance coach Nabil Maaloul spoke of his team’s need to play in the return leg as if they need to win the game outright and not sit on their lead, but added that they are prepared to adapt to any situation which arises and “play smart” if it is required.

JSK coach Miloud Hamdi, meanwhile, argued that his team “lost the match, it was not Esperance de Tunis who won it” but believes that they still have hope of turning the tie in their favour on Saturday night.

“If this team [Esperance] was beatable [in the first leg], it will also be in the return. We will not go there as victims, everything is playable. One-nil is a trap for the opponent, he will either try to keep the score or open the game… that’s the high level, it is beneficial for the players. These matches should make us mature, progress, understand the work that remains to be done.”

DR Congo referee Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo will take charge of the match in Tunis, with the aggregate winners set to face Egypt’s Al Ahly or Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in the semifinals next month.

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