We’ve learned from West African sides, we’re not afraid of North Africans – Jacques Ontsira


Club Athletic Renaissance Aglions (CARA) Brazzaville chief coach, Jacques Ontsira has admitted that his team learnt a lot from their trips to West African and are hopeful for a good outing against the North Africans.

Speaking to Naijafootballplus.com after qualifying for the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederaton Cup, the coach revealed that playing against West African teams has helped them grow.

“It helped us grow better because in West Africa, there are countries like Ghana, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast who are very top class sides and have basics in football.

“Muscling these teams and qualifying has helped us grow better as it is a learning process and we’re proud to give a good account of ourselves.” He said.

He went on to assert that tactics are a risk and his team will remain hopeful of scaling through their probable North African opponents.

“Every tactic employed is a risk. We played a tactic on Wednesday night which nearly worked but every tactic employed by every manager is a risk.

“Every game is different and our poor record against the North Africans doesn’t mean that it can’t change.” He concluded

CARA Brazzaville has faced four West African sides in the CAF Confederation Cup, Asante Kotoko of Ghana in the preliminary round and the trio of Williamsville Athletic of Ivory Coast, Djoliba AC of Mali and Enyimba FC of Nigeria in the group stages, defeating all of them at home but also losing to all of them away from home.

The Red Eagles will also face any of the seeded sides, USM Algiers of Algeria, Raja Casablanca and RS Berkanes both of Morocco in the quarterfinals. The draws for the quarterfinals will made on Monday, 3rd September.

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