Players of Rivers United FC are upbeat about their chances when they face AS Real Bamako today.
The ‘Pride of Rivers’ will be guests of AS Real Bamako at the Stade Omnisports Modibo Keïta, Bamako in the first leg of their preliminary round clash in Africa’s apex club competition; the CAF Champions League.
Club captain, Festus Austine is adamant United can stun their Malian hosts .
“I am confident we can win. We will try to do that emphatically on Saturday and finish things off when we face them at home in the second leg,” he told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Nzube Anaezemba and Markson Ojobo were both part of the Enyimba side that was beaten over two legs by AS Real Bamako in the first leg of the same competition in 2014.
They have taken the time to warn their new teammates over what to expect in Bamako
Ojobo who was the first to speak harped on the need to swing the support of the Real Bamako fans their way.
“One thing we can do to make life easier for ourselves is to start well. If we play entertaining football ; their fans will start cheering for us.
“That was the scenario we experienced with Enyimba in 2004,” he said.
Anaezemba called for focus and the need to stay true to the philosophy of the football club if success is to be achieved
“I still recall playing against them in 2004. They had very good and young players.
“If we stay focussed and play our normal game, I am sure we can win on Saturday,” he said.
Gabriel Olalekan, Sunday Rotimi and Emeka Ogbugh were some of the other United stars that voiced sentiments about the game on Saturday (audio files of the trio have also been attached).