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Bala asks Tornadoes to end Sallah for Santoba

Niger Tornadoes technical adviser, Abubakar Bala has asked his players to return to training unfailingly on Wednesday from their on-going Muslim festive holiday, Eid-el-Kabir.

The Ikon Allah Boys have a huge task in their hands to upturn the shocking loss to the Guinean side, Santoba Conakry in fortnight in Conakry.

The Minna side went down 1-2 to the West African side in Saturday’s Caf Confederation Cup first round first leg clash at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

Bala said the home loss to the Guinean side was a huge shock but insisted that his side will do the needful to secure a favourably result in Conakry.

“The players were given time off to celebrate the Muslim festive period with their families after the shocking home defeat to the Guinean side, Santoba Conakry.

“However, due to the huge task in our hands all the players are to return to camp on Tuesday preparatory for the commencement of intense training on Wednesday’s morning.

“Any player that fails to heed the call to turn up for training on Wednesday will be doing so at his own risk.

“The shocking loss at home to Santoba Conakry was not what we bargained for however that’s football as well as history.

“Right now we must work very hard on our mistakes to ensure we get the desired result in Conakry.

“Of course, we cannot stop our march in the competition at this elementary stage and in the hands of the Guinean side, Santoba Conakry.  

“I take full responsibility to the quality of players lined up for the competition, I’m satisfied with their quality and I’m confident they will deliver the goods in Conakry.

“Santoba Conakry were not fantastic but in football even a bad side do win a match perhaps we were unlucky on matchday.

“We are not making any excuse, we know our problem we will fix it to get the desired result that will see us progress to the next stage of the competition.

“Nobody should write us off at this moment, we ask for prayers and supports especially from our teeming supporters.

“We need their unwavering patience and understanding as we are more than ever determined to put smiles on their faces,” said Bala to

Two unanswered goals in Conakry will be good enough to see the nation’s campaigners, Niger Tornadoes progress to the second round of Africa’s second tier club competition at the expense of the Guinean side, Santoba Conakry.

The aggregate winners of the two-legged encounter will confront the Ivorian side, FC San Pedro in the second round of the competition.

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