At stake is a place at the last four of the premier continental club championship for either side.
In the build to the game, the key actors have been talking to Cafonline.com ahead of the crunch encounter. The reverse fixture in Lubumbashi ended barren.
The match is important for both teams, and more important for my team in terms of points. The game is between the top sides in Group A. We have no choice than to win the game in a specific manner and specific way.
We have prepared ourselves for this game during the last 10 days and I hope the players are ready. We have to concentrate on our performance and if we play our usual our style, the result will be on our side. I have great confidence in my players to win the match.
Hilal is a great a team and when we lose at home the situation goes beyond. I don’t think Hilal would want to lose twice at home. Against Moghreb Tetouan, we missed a penalty and a number of good opportunities. If we play same way like in the second half (of the game with Moghreb Tetouan) against Mazembe, then we can win.
Salah Jizoli (Midfielder, El Hilal)
We are ready for the game and we are eyeing a win. We know victory will take us closer to the semis. I hope to score like I did in the previous meeting between the two sides last year.
Patrice Carteron (Head Coach, TP Mazembe)
We arrived in Sudan five days prior to the game and this is a proof of our respect for a team such as El Hilal. It is an important date for the two teams and we came early to acclimatize and be in the best of conditions for the match. However, the defeat of Hilal in their previous game has made things complex in the group.