I feel a huge responsibility to deliver - Ahly striker Konan
Cafonline.com: What is the feeling like to join Al Ahly?
Konan: It's a great feeling. I'm thrilled by joining Egypt and one of Africa's biggest club and feel proud that I'll take part beside the brilliant stars that I always enjoyed watching. My teammates at Ahly gave me a very warm welcome and made me feel at home. That has put a very big responsibility on me to prove that I deserve such a move and playing for a team like Ahly.
Cafonline.com: What does it me to you to be the first Ivorian to play for Ahly?
Konan: It's a mixed feeling between happiness, pride and a huge pressure on my shoulders. I have to be in the form that makes me and my country proud that I play in a club voted Africa's Club of the Century. This is a big challenge for me to prove I deserve that. Manager Housam El Badry told me he watched me well through the last season and that he'll rely on me in attack, and I hope to prove him right. I still have a lot of hard work to do to be in top form with my new team.
Cafonline.com: How are your preparations for Mazembe game going?
Konan: I took part in the team's preparatory camp in Turkey. Though I wasn’t there from the beginning because of the transfer negotiations, I benefited from my time there and enjoyed the opportunity to build harmony with my teammates. We resumed training upon returning to Cairo and had a friendly game in which I managed to score which was good and helps me settle in.
Cafonline.com: How do you see the match against TP Mazembe?
Konan: It's going to be a very tough game as TP Mazembe is a good team and have some very talented and well known players. Ahly is still in the pre season phase and are still to gain full game fitness. The start of the competition : (mini-league phase in this case) is always difficult because we got to win to kick off our campaign towards reaching the semi finals.
Cafonline.com: Your group has Zamalek and Ghana's Berekum Chelsea do you think you can make the semi-finals?
Konan: Ahly is a great team and seeks victory whenever they play in any game, and it's normal that we aim to qualify to the semi final of the Champions League. The group is very tough because it includes three of the continent's big guns; Ahly, Zamalek and Mazembe. Berekum Chelsea also proved to be a good team in the previous rounds. But we will do our best to qualify for the semi final as we look to win all our games, starting this weekend.
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