The visiting five-time winners are expected in Addis Ababa later Thursday before flying to Bahir Dar 24-hours later.
After making easy work of Seychellois champions, St. Michel at the preliminary round 4-1 on aggregate, Nooij is hoping his charges will turn up in style against ‘Les Corbeaux’, highly favoured to advance to the next round.
A view which is shared by midfielder Minyahil Teshome, who insists they have what it takes to have the better of the encounter against the star-studded Congolese.
“We know that TP Mazembe is a strong force on the continent, but it doesn’t mean that we will concede defeat before the game. We are inspired by the results from the preliminary rounds. We are hopeful of victory on Sunday”, said the 30-year old midfielder.
On his part, former national team striker Adane Girma is also convinced that the DR Congo giants are beatable.
However, some fans of St. George have kicked against the decision to host the match in Bahir Dar, a venue he described an unfamiliar territory.
The second leg will take place on the weekend of 18-20 March 2016 in Lubumbashi.
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Sundowns (South Africa) vs AC Leopards (Congo)
Stade Malien (Mali) vs Coton Sport (Cameroon)
Zesco United (Zambia) vs Horoya (Guinea)
APR (Rwanda) vs Young Africans (Tanzania)
Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) vs ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire)
Club Africain (Tunisia) vs MO Bejaia (Algeria)
Wydad (Morocco) vs CNaPS (Madagascar)
Ahly Tripoli (Libya) vs El Hilal (Sudan)
Recreativo do Libolo (Angola) vs Ahly (Egypt)
Sunday, 13 March 2016
AS Vita (DR Congo) vs Ferroviaro (Mozambique)
Warri Wolves (Nigeria) vs El Merreikh (Sudan)
Etoile du Congo (Congo) vs ES Setif (Algeria)
St George (Ethiopia) vs TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
Enyimba (Nigeria) vs Vital’O (Burundi)
OC Khouribga (Morocco) vs Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Union Douala (Cameroon) vs Zamalek (Egypt)