We want to win the CAF Super Cup – USM Alger captain Belaid


Captain of Algerian side, USM Alger, Zinedine Belaid says their aim is to win the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup over their more fancied opponents, Al Ahly. 

The champions of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup are up against Al Ahly, winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League in a highly-anticipated African duel to be played in Taif, Saudi Arabia on Friday, 15 September. 

Belaid caught up with CAFOnline.com ahead of the clash which he believes his side has a strong chance of conquering.

A big match awaits you and your teammates against Egyptian side, Al Ahly. How ready are you?

We started our preparations about a month ago, and we have been working hard ever since. Our preparations have been made, and we hope to be 100% ready come the big day.

How do you see the match against Al Ahly going?

The confrontation will be difficult, as we will meet an experienced Egyptian club. It is considered a well-known team on the African and international scene, God willing We will live up to the responsibility placed on us and make our supporters and the nation proud. 

Al Ahly has a better record in this competition. Does this make them favourites in your opinion?

The players know what awaits them. We are aware of the extent of the responsibility, and we hope that we will be very prepared that day. They are an experienced side but for us it’s about getting a second continental title and starting off the new season on a good note and this is a big motivation for us. Irrespective of who we are playing. 

You are champions of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup, is this a confidence booster for you?

Yes, this is for sure. We achieved a continental title and we will also face a big club like Al-Ahly who won the CAF Champions League. We will be without a doubt motivated to perform well in the Super Cup and possibly win it. 

And closing remarks to the fans?

I wish the team success in the new football season. The entire season and not just in this particular match, which of course is also important to us.  God willing, I will also achieve more as a player.