USM Alger winger Abdelkrim Zouari has admitted they are feeling the pressure heading into their Caf Confederation Cup final against Young Africans (Yanga SC) on Sunday.
The Algerian outfit will be featuring in their second continental final and are seeking to clinch their first-ever crown.
Asked if they are feeling a lot of pressure on their shoulders as they chase history, Zouri said as quoted by CafOnline: “There is always pressure for results in Algerian football, and when you wear the colors of a big club, there must be similar pressure.
“In any case, we will deal with this matter with confidence, experience, and rationality in order to manage our situation well.”
He added: “We are in the final and that says a lot about how hard we have worked. We want to be crowned champions and we will work hard for that. We want to win this for our fans and Algerian football as a whole.
“I would like to tell the USM Alger fans and Algerian football fans in general that we will do everything to make them happy. We will go to Tanzania and try to do well in the first half of the task. We will play the second half in Algeria and I know the supporters will turn out in large numbers to push us.”
On if USM are the favourites heading into the final, he said: “One match cannot guarantee you a favorite tag for the final. For us, we are focused on the match and doing what the technical staff requires of us. We will do everything to try to win this title on the pitch.”
USM previously played in the final of the 2015 Caf Champions League, losing 4-1 on aggregate against Congolese giants TP Mazembe.