AS Real Bamako coach, Pascal Pons is adamant his side will
claim a victory against Rivers United in their second leg of their Caf
Champions League preliminary round game in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
The two sides battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg at
the Stade Modibo Kéïta, Bamako on February 11.
A score draw in Sunday’s second leg will earn AS Real
qualification for the first round of the competition but Pons says his side will
be playing to win the game outrightly in Port Harcourt.
“We can win in the second leg and that is exactly how we
will approach that game.
“It was hard for us in the first leg because it was the
first time we were playing against Rivers United and didn’t know anything about
“Now we know them, and things will be different,” he told
The Franco-Malien did not however fail to reserve words of
adulation for Rivers United.
He described the Port Harcourt club as a ‘physical side with
good players’ but insisted they will be tripped in front of their home
“I give credit to our opponents (Rivers United); a very
physical side with good players.
“They had their good moments too in the first leg (in
“Now, we must concentrate on working on (neutralizing) their
strengths and (exploiting their) weaknesses and try to beat them at their
place,” he said. Sunday’s game will be played at the Yakubu Gowon
Stadium, Port Harcourt.
- News24 Nigeria