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Sports News of Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Source: Goal.com

Aduana Stars aiming to make history in Caf Champions League

Aduana Stars will host Algerian club Entente Sportive de Setif in the first leg of the Caf Champions League last qualifying round at the Nana Agyeman Badu Park later this afternoon (Wednesday, March 7).

The Ghana Premier League champions are aiming at making their maiden appearance in the group stage of the competition after eliminating Al Tahady 2-1 on aggregate in the preliminary round.

However, that achievement won't come easy as they must surmount the bulwark defence of the Black Eagles, who are without a defeat after they bundled out Olympique de Bangui of Central Africa Republic 6-0 on aggregate in the first round.

Setif general manager Djihad Boulahdjilet has been bullish ahead of the clash. He is confident they will leave Ghana with a favourable result.

"We prefer to win against Aduana in Ghana to give us enough advantage ahead of the second leg," Boulahdjilet told Oyerepa FM during the weekend.

"We watched their match against Libyan club Al Tahady and we are aware that they are a good team. We will give them good match in Ghana and finish them in Algeria.

"We want to make it to the group stages so we've prepared adequately for all circumstances and hope to have a wonderful game on Wednesday but won't leave with a defeat," he added.

With Aduana yet to play a game in the domestic league this season due to legal issues involving Ghana FA and Great Olympics, Setif, on the other hand, have been active in the Algerian Ligue 1, playing 22 matches and conceding 14 goals.

Although, Setif are yet to score any away goal in the Caf Champions League this season, Zakaria Haddouche and Akram Djahnit have scored five goals in-between them. Aduana's defence will have to double their effort to stop the duo.

The Ghanaian representatives are without any injury concern. Yahaya Mohammed, who missed the first round fixtures, has recovered and trained with the group last week.