For the second time in history, AS Mandé will compete in the CAF Women’s Champions League, and if their journey to qualification is anything to go by, a lot can be expected of the Mali side.

CAFOnline had a sit down with AS Mande star, Fatou Dembele to get her thoughts on the competition and their journey to Cote d’Ivoire.

AS Mandé was the first team to obtain qualification for the CAF Women’s Champions League, Cote d’Ivoire 2023. How was your preparation?

It went wonderfully well. We were able to fill in our gaps and settle the final details before embarking on this tournament. The whole club supports us in this new adventure and it encourages us to give the best of ourselves. This preparation also happened in a fun manner, the team is united and ready to take up this new challenge.

Kick off is almost here, how are you feeling ahead of kick off?

The group’s state of mind is at the top. For the first game, we will seek a victory to enter the competition well.

AS Mandé is in Group B with AS Far, Ampem Darkoa and Huracanes. What are your impressions of this group?

It’s a difficult group but our qualification for the semi-final is very much in our hands. There is AS Far who are the reigning African champions. We believe in ourselves and we will do everything to keep our ship afloat.

What are AS Mande’s ambitions in this tournament?

The first step is to get out of this group phase to go to the semi-finals. We want to make a name for ourselves and win as many matches as possible. Our main goal is to get to the final and win the cup.