Algeria- Yesterday evening, Saturday, the curtain came down on the quarter-final matches of the African Champions League, which knew the brilliance of the ES Setif team, who managed to return well and deservedly, with a visa to qualify for the semi-finals from Tunisian territory at the expense of the local Esperance, at a time when he could not The second representative of Algeria, CR Belouizdad, the leader of the national championship, overcame the obstacle of Moroccan Wydad Casablanca, thus stopping its African adventure in the quarter-finals for the second time in a row.
There is no difference between the fact that the full mark in this quarter-final round went to the ES Setif team, which deserved all the appreciation and respect for the achievement it achieved Friday night at the Hammadi Aqrabi stadium in Brades (Tunisia), after its deserved victory over Esperance Sportive de Tunis with a score of 0- 1), to reserve a seat in the last square.
After he stumbled in the first leg match at the July 5 stadium, where he had a chance to draw (0-0), the comrades of captain Abdelmoumen Gabo, who scored the qualifying goal in the 21st minute, succeeded in achieving the most important in the return match, thanks to their good conduct of the match and their brave and steadfast response For all the attempts of the Tunisian squad, which failed to return in the result, and all of its attempts were broken in front of the vigilance and desperation of the defense of the “Algeria” concord.
It is not possible to talk about this Al-Wefaq achievement, without stopping at the outstanding and heroic performance of goalkeeper Sufian Khudairi, who appointed him to be the undisputed man of the interview, given his response to all the attacks of the Cubs of coach Radhi Jaidi, who was blindly confident in his team’s ability to settle a card Qualifying, ignoring the respectable capabilities that Al-Wifaq often demonstrated outside its rules, especially in continental competitions.
With the launch of the Moroccan referee, Radwan Jaidah, for the final whistle, the elements of the Staifi Concord expressed their happiness after being able to honor the colors of the national flag.
And about this interview, the Serbian coach, Darko Novic, said: “Today (Friday), we succeeded in achieving our goal, which is to qualify as we promised our fans. We had studied our opponent well and produced the defense line in the region and tightened the screws on the opponent’s attackers.
After we opened the registration door, it was enough for us to try to keep it until the end of the meeting, which we were able to do. Now, we will try to continue the journey with the same determination and the same spirit.”
And because the appetite comes with eating, Al-Wefaq will continue its journey with determination in order to achieve the dream of the third star after the first two stars in its old version in 1988 and the second in the new version of the continental competition in 2014.”
ES Setif, who for the first time got a visa to qualify for the semi-finals since winning the continental title in 2014, will face Al-Ahly of Egypt, who also deducted the qualification visa at the expense of Morocco’s Raja Casablanca after winning them in the first leg (2-1) and drawing with him back by (1-) 1).
And the Al-Sataifi reconciliation will be on a date with a difficult challenge against Al-Ahly, holder of ten (10) continental titles, the last of which will be in 2021, where the first-leg match will be held on May 7 in Cairo, and the return match will be held on the 14th of the same month in Algeria.
And the second semi-final match will be active, between Petro Atletico of Angola and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco on the same date.
Contrary to Al-Wefaq, the second representative of Algeria, Chebab Belouizdad, failed to reach the semi-finals, after its negative draw with its host Wydad Casablanca (0-0) in the return match after the first leg match in Algeria ended with Wydad winning (1-0).
In Casablanca and in front of a record audience, the Belouizdad youth team made great efforts and had many scoring opportunities, but they did not materialize into goals, as the supporters wished, and he also had to end the interview with 10 players after the expulsion of goalkeeper Tawfiq Moussaoui, who was compensated by captain Shams El-Din Nasakh. .
At the end of the match, the youth coach, Marcos Paqueta, said: “We had a great match against a strong opponent on our field. However, luck failed us, and we were not able to embody the many chances that we had and turn them at least into a goal, which would have changed the course of things.” This is football, and I think that wasting the first leg cost us the exclusion today.” He regretted the assault he had with one of the youth team managers by two Wydad Casablanca club managers, and said that this does not at all honor a team the size of Wydad.
And after the end of his African adventure, the “sons of Okaiba” remain to focus all their efforts on the national championship, which they aim to crown for the third time in a row, as well as the national excellent cup in which they will soon face the Algerian Cup holder, JS Kabylie.