Norwegian Tokmac Nguen (26) and former Stabæk striker Franck Boli (26) stand in the way of Champions League group games for Molde.
Hungarian Ferencváros knocked out Dinamo Zagreb at the same time as the Moldans took a dramatic penalty victory over Qarabag in Cyprus on Wednesday night. On September 23 and 29, the two teams will meet for the Champions League play-off.
Molde coach Erling Moe says he has not had time to study the opponent yet, but knows two of the players well from before after meeting Tokmac Nguen (Strømsgodset) and Boli (Stabæk) in the Eliteserien in recent years.
The latter does not seem terrified at the thought of returning to Norway, which he calls his “second homeland” after the Ivory Coast.
– Not to be superior, but we crush them. I have played in Norway, I know Molde, and they are the ones we would meet. Now we have beaten Celtic and Dinamo Zagreb, so we have no reason to be afraid of Molde, Boli confidently reports to VG on the phone from Hungary.
He scored four goals in nine games against Molde during his time as a Stabæk player.
– I know some of the players, I know how they play. We are two teams that like to have the ball, but there we are better, says Boli, who gets the following answer from Molde coach Erling Moe:
– I realized that they want to meet us. Then we get to make that meeting as unpleasant as possible.
Boli describes his own team as “very well drilled tactically” and “very strong mentally”.
– There is something special about the team here. We have a thing that we can always fight back. That’s why we deserve to be here. We always find a way to win games, Tokmac Nguen tells VG about Ferencváros, where he has already delivered seven goals and a goal-scoring pass in six games this season.
He says he is “completely done” after the victory over Dinamo Zagreb, but he managed to follow Molde’s penalty drama on the player bus on the way home.
– It was intense, he says.