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Esperance head coach Tarek Thabet believes it will not be an easy duel when the team takes to the pitch at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, facing off with DR Congo’s TP Mazembe in the first leg of their African Football League quarter final fixture.

Thabet says Mazembe have shown they are an improved lot, and with a lot of history in continental football, they will not be pushovers.

“We have prepared very well and ready for the challenge. We know it is not going to be easy because we are playing against a very good team. Mazembe has a lot of experience and we are also facing a team that is improving a lot,” the tactician said.

He added; “All my players are ready and we will fight to get a positive result from the game.”

The same sentiments are shared by skipper Moez Ben Cherifia, who believes they will need to be at their best to tackle the Congolese giants.

The shot stopper has called on his teammates to bring their A game on against Mazembe, and he reckons they can get a good result playing away from home.

“The coaches have done their work and we have also trained well. The tussle will be decided on the pitch. We know we are facing a tough game but we are ready for it. This is a big tournament and we also want to do well and win it,” Ben Cherifia said.

Taraji are looking forward to their fourth win over Esperance in the ninth meeting.