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CAFCC hope alive despite loss to Santoba – Aliko

Niger Tornadoes captain and goalkeeper, Mustapha Aliko has expressed deep disappointment over his side loss to visiting Guinean side, Santoba Conakry.

The Ikon Allah Boys lost 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.

Godwin Zaki scored the Minna side consolation goal from the penalty spot after the Guinean side went in front with two goals.

Aliko said his side have everything it takes to win the match with as many as four unreplied goals but for the inexplicable over confidence and underrating of the visitors.

“Not at all the type of result we expected from this match, we worked very hard to ensure outright victory.

“We are not happy with the result, we are damn disappointed losing to a side we could have comfortably beaten with as many as four, five unreplied goals.

“They were not good or exceptional, I think we underrated them for no just reason, I think we saw them as an academy side.

“They simply surprised us, they did not play better than us, I could count the number of times I touched ball.

“We were in their half for most of the time but goal refused to come, we pushed them thoroughly hard but the few chances they had made the difference.

“I can comfortably say that we were not troubled throughout the duration of the game, I think they were lucky.

“Well, since there is the second leg to be played in their backyard we will go there to beat them to qualify for the next round of the competition.

“We have learnt our lessons the hard way, we have to change our attitude, character and mentality as we continue on the path to glory.

“Of course, we are not representing Niger State but the entire country so we must see to it that we score the desired goals that will guarantee progression in the reverse fixture in Conakry, Guinea.

“Two unanswered goals in Conakry will be good enough to see us through to the next round, nobody should write us off we are very much in the competition,” said Aliko to frontpixs.com.

Tornadoes will confront Santoba Conakry in fortnight in Conakry, Guinea for the decisive leg. The aggregate winners of both legs will face the Ivorian side, FC San Pedro in the second round of Africa’s second tier club competition.

Nigeria’s other representatives in the Caf Champions League, Kano Pillars beat visitors, Ashanti Kotoko of Ghana 3-2 in Kano while the Nigerian champions, Enyimba lost 0-1 to Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.

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