CAIRO: JS Kabylie assistant coach Kamal Bouhlal is aware that his side will be facing a stern challenge against Egyptian champions Ahly in next week’s Champions League clash.
The Algerian side, who have a 100% winning record so far, host Ahly on August 15th for the top of Group B.
"It’s as if we are playing against the Egypt national team!" Bouhlal said in an interview with Elheddaf newspaper.
"It will be a difficult game. I know Egyptian teams and how they play.
"When you play against an Egyptian team you have to stay focused for the whole 90 minutes."
Kabylie defender Chemseddine Nessakh seemed to have a much optimistic view than his coach as he eyes a comprehensive victory over the six-time African champs.
"We will keep on hammering the opposition’s goal as much as we can, but we also have to be responsible defensively," Nessakh told Al-Heddaf newspaper.
"Ahly’s key players should be tightly marked and we will particularly have to watch out for (Mohamed) Abou-Treika and Geddo.
"But I think we have our own way to stop them."
Nessakh played 90 minutes in Kabylie’s famous victory at Ismaili in the first game of the group stage.
The Tizi Ouzou outfit went on to claim another victory over Heartland last month, which saw them go top ahead of Ahly.