La Gazette du Fennec briefly previews the opening CAF Confederation Cup semifinal from the perspective of Algerian side JS Kabylie as they travel to Yaoundé for the first leg against Cameroon’s Coton Sport. Manager Denis Lavagne stated in his pre-match comments that both teams know each other well from their prior encounters in the competition’s group stage with both games going the way of the Algerian side. Lavagne has been responsible for guiding his side through close, tough matches throughout the competition and he acknowledged that the upcoming first leg will be no different, praising his team’s preparation. La Gazette du Fennec mentions that there are no particular concerns when it comes to player selection with no injuries or suspensions to worry about for the French manager.
Liberte-Algerie goes into more detail about JSK’s preparations, the team arriving early and close to the Stade Ahmadou Ahinjo so that they could get a couple of lengthy training sessions on the pitch. Lavagne’s quotes in the article maintain positivity and that he is grateful for the additional time to prepare, but also that his team must be prepared for a Coton Sport side that is determined to obtain revenge for the past defeats between the two teams.