• Governor Diri Calls For Support
Nigeria’s representative in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup, Bayelsa United, has vowed to give the visiting Ashanti Golden Boys of Guinea a ‘hard treatment’ inside the pitch when they clash tomorrow. The match, a preliminary round tie, will hold at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had ruled the fixture be played on a one legged basis, following the coup d’etat in Guinea that saw President Alpha Condé dethroned.
Coach of Bayelsa United, Diepreye Teibowei, declared yesterday that his side would be seeking a ‘resounding victory’ against the Guineans.
The Guinée Championnat National, who scored 24 goals and conceded same number of goals in 26 games, have a huge task in Yenagoa, as the host, Bayelsa United, have vowed to parade a ‘killers squad’ with the trio of Emo James, Victory Beniangba and Okardi Inikurogha spearheading the attack.
Speaking to the Club Media, coach Teibowei stated that his lads were in good shape going into the encounter, adding that he is aware of the importance of playing in the continent.
Though the Guinean side are relatively unknown in the continent, the Bayelsa United tactician believes with the information available about his opponent, his lad would secure passage to the next round.
Bayelsa United, who are nicknamed ‘The Prosperity Boys’ are unbeaten at home for three years despite playing in the Nigeria National League (NNL).
Teibowei, an ex-international, is hopeful that he will continue with the 100 percent record at home.
Speaking on the fitness level of his players, coach Teibowei confirmed that striker, Robert Mizo, would miss the clash alongside midfielder Stephen Wisdom, who has moved to Kano Pillars, but added that defender Endurance Ebedibiri and Gabriel Biriduba are available.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has urged the team to do the country proud.
The sports-loving Governor Diri said his administration would give Bayelsa United the financial and moral support they need to win this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. He called on the people of Bayelsa State to support the team.