We came here to win - Mazembe manager N’Diaye
Egyptian club side Zamalek faces a decisive encounter when they entertain DR Congo’s TP Mazembe at the Cairo Military Academy Stadium this Sunday in match day 4 of Group B in the 2012 Orange CAF Champions League. Both teams enter the game looking for victory to revive their semi final qualification hopes, and TP Mazembe’s Senegalese manager Lamine N’Diaye admitted the game is going to be a tough one for both teams. He told Cafonline.com that his charges are in Cairo looking for victory only.
Cafonline.com: How do you see the match against Zamalek this Sunday?
Lamine N’Diaye: The match is definitely going to be tough for both teams, but Mazembe will fight hard to remain in contention for a semi final spot. We know Zamalek has no choice but to win this game so they will fight hard too and this makes the game even more difficult. We will do our best to get the best result from Cairo.
Cafonline.com: How do you see TP Mazembe’s chance of semi final qualification?
Lamine N’Diaye: We knew before the group stage it was going to be a tough group for all the teams. Some of our supporters felt disappointed after we lost to Al Ahly and drew at home with Berekum Chelsea, but defeating Zamalek brought us back to competition. We have no choice but to win our remaining games to guarantee our semi final qualification.
Cafonline.com: Zamalek sacked their manager Hassan Shehata and appointed Brazilian Jorvan Vieira. What impact will this have on the Sunday game?
Lamine N’Diaye: Changing managers usually have positive impact as the players try to produce their best and impress their new coach, especially regarding Zamalek’s tough situation in this group. I believe their tactics won’t be largely changed and in any case we know well how to face them in this game.
Cafonline.com: What is your reaction to the criticism to your back line’s performance in previous group games?
Lamine N’Diaye: I don’t believe our defense was bad in the previous matches. The team performs well when we attack and defend as one unit. Football is a team game and everyone should do his best so that the team achieves victory.
Cafonline.com: How have your preparations gone for this match?
Lamine N’Diaye: We had a training camp in Zambia where we played a couple of friendly games. I was keen to have the camp away from home so as to make my players accustomed for the away atmosphere. We will work on our mistakes before Zamalek game.
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