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I trust in the referees, we’re looking for positive result, says Carteron

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Al Ahly manager said that he trusts the referees ahead of their final clash against Tunisia’s .

Al Ahly are one step closer to clinch their ninth CAF Champions League title after a dramatic 3-1 victory over Esperance Sportive de Tunis at Borg El-Arab.

The first match witnessed controversial decisions from Algerian referee Mehdi Abid Charef at Borg El-Arab as he awarded three penalties [two to Al Ahly] and booked both Dhaouadi and Kom, who will now miss the return leg in Rades.

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“I trust in the referees’ performance, we are now only concentrated on winning to lift the title despite the huge pressure,” Carteron said during the pre match press conference.

“We have many experienced players in our team, we know Esperance very well, it’s a big team we faced them twice in the group stage and in the first leg of the final, our only weapon is concentration to beat them.

“We are fully concentrated in preparation of the game, especially that it’s going to take place on the field of a very strong opponent with great players in all positions. We were able to come out with a positive result in the first leg and we hope to do the same tomorrow,” he added.

CAF Disciplinary Board announced on Monday they have imposed a two-match ban on Moroccan striker Walid Azarou due to his unsporting behaviour, including the second leg of the final and Al Ahly’s next match in the CAF interclubs competitions.

“We have International players in the same position like Marwan Mohsen and Salah Mohsen, we made sure to give them all a chance to play to make sure they’re ready anytime,” he concluded.

The return-leg will take part on Friday, November 9 at Stade Olympique de Radès in Tunisia, with Al Ahly needing at least a draw or a 1-0 loss to clinch the title.

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