Guinean champions Horoya AC could not make home advantage count in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarterfinals, as they were held to a goalless draw by visiting Wydad Casablanca at the September 24 stadium in Conakry on Saturday.
The Matam HAC Red and White (nickname) will likely face an uphill battle in the return leg on April 13, with Wydad boasting of a long flawless run at home.
However, Horoya coach Didier Gomes da Rosa, a Franco-Portuguese, who came on just last month, on March 20, believes his team can pull off a shock at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, where the reverse fixture will take place.
“We did all we could but failed to claim a goal, a win. That is football. We are not happy with the result like I said earlier but we have to accept it,” Didier Gomes told ACLSports from Conakry.
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“I believe you followed the stats. We had more than 60 % of possession and 75 to 76 % of pass accuracy. It was our game. We could have killed it off but no worries. Pray for us, we can go there and stun them.
“You saw how they were happy with the draw like it was victory. Football is played on the pitch and not in one’s imagination. It’s another full 90 minutes between us. We will see what happens, you are invited to come and see for yourself,” he said.
Horoya reached the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League last year, their best record so far in nine appearances.