By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
LThe head coach of Senegal’s most successful club of all-time Cheikh Gueye of ASC Jaraaf has welcomed the pairing of his side against Cameroon’s most successful club in domestic competition, Cotonsport of Garoua.
Speaking to the Club’s website this Friday, barely hours after the Clubs were pitted in the mouthwatering quarter-final clash Cheikh explained why they preferred the 15 times champions of Cameroon.
“To tell you the truth, this is the draw we would have liked. We wanted it not in relation to the intrinsic value of the Cameroonian team, but rather in relation to logistics.
From the countries of our three potential opponents namely Egypt, Cameroon and South Africa, a trip to Cameroon would be much more favorable to us. This is why we wanted to play against the team whose country is easier in terms of access,” coach Cheikh explained.
Senegal’s most popular Club with 28 domestic titles to their credit finished winners of their group. Jaraaf displayed their quality by finishing above Burkina Faso’s Salitas plus Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien and Etoile du Sahel in group C of the ongoing competition, thus earning a spot in the last eight in their debut in the competition.
They challenge a Cotonsport side that finished runners-up in 2003 and reached the semi-finals of the Confederation cup in 2014 and look quite hungry for success though they only finished second to JS Kabylie and above holders RS Berkane in a tough group B.
The gaffer further shower ed praises on Cotonsport while expressing his desire to get the better of the boys of coach Souleymanou Aboubakar.
“Cotonsport is among the eight best teams in the competition so it is a team to be respected. I do not really master this team but I know that the philosophy of Cameroonian football is based on the physique with some individualities. A coach does not need one week ten days or even one month to study his opponent. You just have to watch your opponent over two or three games to be able to work and try to thwart their machinery.”
“We are playing on May 16th so we will have enough time to study Cotonsport. For now, we are focusing on the championship and after that we will see how to approach this match”.
Cotonsport are Back in the knockout stage of the CAF interclub competitions for the first time in seven years and look poised to achieve more though they club suffered back-to-back defeats in their final group games.
Cotonsport welcome ASC Jaraaf in Garoua on May 16 before traveling to Thiès for the return game seven days later.
The winner in the tie will face the winner of the double confrontation between JS Kabylie of Algeria and CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.
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