This will be the maiden participation of the Ghanaian side at the continental level and the playing body as well as management are very much aware of the daunting task ahead.
Armed with this and many more, the Ghanaian side since winning the Knockout competition last September, after beating Okwawu United 2-1 in the final, have left no stone unturned in their quest to make their maiden appearance a huge success.
According to club president and bankroller, Kingsley Owusu Achau, playing in Africa is a dream come through and they want to go as far as the group stages of the competition.
“Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak have been in the final of this competition with the latter winning the first edition in 2005, I know stating that we would win the trophy would be like throwing a dice into the ocean, but we are going to give it our best shot.”
Achau added that his side has given their best shot in terms of preparations ahead of the game and what is left “is for the fans to come out in their numbers and give the team the very best of support for them to win handsomely over the Algerians to make the second leg a mere formality”.
In that quest, 'The Hunters' have augmented their squad with some experienced legs to help further their course.
Goalkeeper Isaac Akrong, defender’s Joseph Owusu Bempah, Abdul Bashiru, Daniel Egyin and David Telfer are expected to combine effectively with club captain Asante Agyemang and Alfred Nelson to provide the needed cover at the back while former Hearts of Oak midfielder Stephen Tetteh, Ibrahim Alhassan of New Edubiase, Sadiq Abubakar of Berekum Chelsea and Moro Salifu from Medeama would marshal forces in the midfield and supply ammunition to the likes of Cofie Bekoe, Akoto Danso, Emmanuel Osei Carlos, Yaw Arnol and Ahmed Simba Toure to bang in the goals.
Unlike Bechem United, MC Alger are making their fourth appearance in the CAF Confederation Cup after appearing in the 2007, 2008 and 2015 editions, were they exited at the first round in all three previous attempts.
Currently engaged in the on-going Algerian Division one league, where they have only managed one loss in as many as 10 matches, drawing two and winning the rest. The free scoring Algerian side has scored 20 goals and conceding 6 goals in their last 10 games and this goes to show the potency the team has in front of goal and the steel they further possess at the rear.
MC Alger is currently leading the Algerian league with 34 points, one more than rivals, USM Bel Abbes.