THE Technical Adviser of Kwara United Football Club, Coach Abdulazeez Mohammed, says the club has a crucial 90 minutes of battle in Niamey, Niger Republic.
Mohammed said the play is still a crucial hurdle to cross for his team in the Preliminary Stage of the competition, with the second leg tie against AS Douanes.
Kwara United FC will square up against the Niamey-based side in the return leg of the ongoing 2022/2023 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition on Sunday, with their nose in front owing to the 3-0 first leg win in Lagos on Sunday.
But for coach Mohammed it’s not over, until it’s finally over.
“We will try to go and get qualification in Niamey, because the job is not done yet.
“We still have crucial 90 minutes ahead of us. We will go there and play to get the ticket to the next stage.
“Our targets are to play and earn a clean sheet, and also qualify. We are going there to attack, and that’s why I told my strikers to ensure that any ball that comes to them counts.
“We got three goals in the first leg, all goals coming in the first half, and I will say it’s normal in African perspective. We are trying to change the mentality of the players, because, we are supposed to get more than three goals in the match.
“In Niamey, my players will need to keep their heads, and play according to our plan and targets. We have trained hard ahead of the battle of Niamey,” he said.
The match will hold at the Stade General Senyi Kountche, and the winner over the two legs to play Morrocan side, Berkane, in the next stage.
This is Kwara United FC’s third appearance in CAF competitions, having played in CAF Cup in 1999/2000 and in 2006/2007 seasons.
Kwara United FC finished fourth in the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, and tipped alongside Remo Stars, to represent the country in the Confederation Cup. (NAN)