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Gervais: The trophy remains our goal


30 November 2014 08:36

Sewe Sport coach, Rigo Gervais is upbeat about his team’s chances of annexing the 2014 Orange CAF Confederation Cup title despite managing a narrow 2-1 win over Al Ahly of Egypt in the first leg final on Saturday in Abidjan.


Leading marksman, Roger Assale scored a late winner after Ahly’s Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ had canceled Christian Koffi Kouame’s first half opener, but Gervais insists his team is on the right path despite the fact the Egyptian giants needs at least a lone goal victory to wrap up the title.


Gervais told Cafonline.com: “I’m proud of my team. They demonstrated that they know how to excel in big games. The result is good because the main aim was to win here (in Abidjan).


The reigning best trainer in the West African country reckons a tough test in the return clash billed for Saturday, 6 December 2014 in Cairo judging from the vital away goal by the eight-time African champions.


“The return match is one that we have to prepare very well. Ahly are a good team but we kept our chances of winning the trophy with the first leg result.


“We want to win the trophy and that is our goal. We are accustomed to playing under these kinds of situations,” Gervais concluded.


On his part, his captain Souleymane Dembele added: “We fought hard against a great team. We will enjoy this victory and take some lessons from the game. Another fight awaits us in Cairo which will be tough, mentally and physical”.


‘Les Sewekes’ are seeking to become the first Ivorian side since 1998 to win a continental club championship.

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