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Aigbogun upbeat about Wolves' chances against Leopards

05 June 2015, 15:18

Warri - Coach of Nigeria's remaining CAF Cup campaigners, Warri Wolves, Paul Aigbogun has expressed confidence his side will overturn the 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of AC Leopards of Congo three weeks ago.

Nigeria’s sole surviving side in continental club competitions this year, Warri Wolves will go all out against AC Leopards of Congo-Brazzaville on Saturday in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup play-off.

The Wolves lost the first leg played in Dolisie three weeks ago by three goals, but Coach Paul Aigbogun has no doubt that his re-energised boys can overturn the deficit and reach the group stage of Africa’s second-tier club competition.

“They won by 3-0 in Dolisie, we can win by far more in Warri. Already, we have perfected our strategies for the match, and my boys are motivated to go out there and fire from all cylinders,” Aigbogun said.

Also read: Warri Wolves now focus on Confed Cup return leg

According to official confirmation from the club on Friday, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsley Otuaro, will lead the support for Warri Wolves at Warri City Stadium on Saturday evening.

“Barrister Otuaro has confirmed that he will be at the Warri City Stadium to cheer Wolves. It is a welcome development for the club as this is the first time in a long time that a top Government official will be watching the team play,” Moses Etu, the club's spokesperson was quoted.

Wolves need to be at their attacking best to turn back the Congolese, which has had the better of two Nigerian teams, Heartland FC and Kano Pillars, in continental contests in the past three years.

Already, the Leopards’ contingent have arrived Nigeria in a chartered flight, with almost 90 supporters, as well as 18 players and 12 officials.

Wolves have called on spectators coming to the Warri City Stadium to wear blue T-Shirt and be guaranteed free entry.

Match officials from Morocco, led by Referee Bouchaib El Anrach, are also in town. The Assistant Referee 1 is Redouane Achik, while Yousssef Mabrouk is Assistant Referee 2 and Redouane Jiyed is the Reserve Referee. All are from Morocco.

The Match Commissioner is Alhaji Dawuda Jawula, former president of the Ghana Football Association.

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