Nov 11, 2009, 1:04 PM
Jaiteh and Demba's Brann To face Deportivo challenge In UEFA Cup
After losing out 1-3 on aggregate against French giants Olympique de Marseille in the 3. Qualifying round in the Champions League, the two Gambian players Tijan Jiteh and Ngogu Demba of Brann FC were awarded a ticket to the 1. Round of the UEFA Cup.
On Friday the matches were drawn in Monaco. Brann could face Aston Villa, Austria Wien, Deportivo de la Coruna, Heerenveen or Schalke 04.
Deportivo was drawn out as Brann's next opponent. Brann kicks off at home on Thursday September 18th, before Deportivo play hosts a fortnight later on Thursday October 2nd.
Deportivo is a good team. But I feel that our performances, despite losing, against Marseille has given us the confidence that we can play and do well at this level, Brann's head coach Mons Ivar Mjelde commented.
Deportivo and Brann have never met before. Deportivo has played Rosenborg twice, winning both times on aggregate in the UEFA Cup and the Champions League qualifying. Deportivo also beat the Norwegian league leaders Stabæk in the UEFA Cup nine years ago.