28.03.2019 18:58 h

No revenge trip for Carteron ahead of African Super Cup

Patrice Carteron, the French coach of Raja Casablanca of Morocco, said Thursday he would "forget about revenge" as he prepared his team for the CAF Super Cup against Esperance of Tunisia.

Carteron was repeatedly asked about his chances of gaining retribution against the team that spectacularly snatched victory in last November's African Champions League final from Al Ahly, who the Frenchman coached at the time.

"I don't have any feeling of revenge," said Carteron, who led DR Congo giants TP Mazembe to three African Super Cup titles and the African Champions League title.

The former Lyon, Saint Etienne and Sunderland defender said defeat was part of the game sometimes.

"I won't speak about revenge. This is part of football when you play Esperance who are the best African team at this point."

Al Ahly lost the two-legged final despite securing a 3-1 victory in the first leg.

But the Egyptians folded under the pressure of the second leg in Tunisia, losing 3-0 with the winner coming in the 86th minute.

Carteron was sacked within weeks of the defeat, and was appointed as Raja's coach in January.

The Super Cup is an annual one-off match pitting the winner of the CAF Champions League and second-tier CAF Confederation Cup against each other.

Friday's match will be played in the 2022 World Cup host nation, Qatar, the first time it has been played outside Africa.

The match -- with a 20,000 capacity crowd expected -- may be a test for Qatar's infrastructure but not for any of the World Cup venues as the game will be played at Al Gharafa, not one of the 2022 stadiums.

Esperance and Raja are among the giants of African football, winning six CAF titles apiece, including the most prestigious, the Champions League, three times each.

The Tunisians arrived in travel in good form after completing the group stage of their Champions League title defence unbeaten having won four matches and drawn two.

Raja have been less successful lately, failing to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Confederation Cup they won so impressively last season.

Carteron said a win on Friday could save their season.