Ivorian team ASEC Mimosas will face Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the 2016 CAF Champions League Group A encounter at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan on Saturday.
The Black and Yellows of Ivory Coast are coming off a goalless stalemate with JCAT in the Ivorian Ligue 1 encounter over the weekend.
Before qualifying for the group stages, ASEC had to narrowly overcome Al-Ahli Tripoli from Libya 3-2 on aggregate in the second-round last month.
Since then Siaka Traore’s side have been focusing on the Ivorian Ligue 1 – winning three games, losing three and drawing one.
Adama Bakayoko is one of ASEC’s dangerman in the Champions League. The forward netted an important goal against Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa in the first-round.
Black and Yellows head coach Traore has explained that his charges are motivated ahead of their encounter with Wydad.
“The matches of the Champions League motivates our players,” Traore told the club’s website.
“This is a good opportunity for them to get noticed. They play it all out and it’s to our advantage.”
Meanwhile, Wydad will be targeting nothing but a victory over ASEC when the two African giants lock horns.
Rouges et Blancs of Morocco have been in good form lately having thumped Amal Tinzit in the Moroccan Cup encounter last weekend.
Before that Wydad had recorded three successive wins in the Botola Premier Division over Maghreb Fes, Chabab Rif Hoceima and Moghreb Tetouan.
Jom Toshack’s men booked their place in this year’s Champions League group stages after shocking the defending champions TP Mazembe in the second-round.
Wydad recorded an impressive 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) giants in the first-leg, before holding them to a 1-1 draw away.
The Casablanca giants are now regarded as one of the favourites to win the prestigious continental competition.
Rouges et Blancs winger Red El-jhouj is among the leading top goalscorers in this year’s tournament having netted six goals – just one behind the leading marksman Mfon Udoh of Enyimba (Nigeria)
Just like ASEC, Wydad have lifted the Champions League title once in their club history. ASEC won it in 1998, while Wydad had clinched it six years earlier.
Saturday’s clash between ASEC and Wydad will be officiated by experienced Gambian match referee Bakary Gassama.