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We won’t lose to Santoba in CAFCC clash – Bala

Niger Tornadoes head coach, Abubakar Bala has said outright that his side will not lose to their Guinean counterparts, Santoba Conakry in the Caf Confederation Cup clash.

The Ikon Allah Boys are guests of the Guinean side in Friday’s first round reverse fixture at the 5000 seats Stade de Coleah, Conakry, Guinea.

The nation’s campaigners will be going into the matchup with 1-2 loss to the Guinee Championnat National side after the first leg clash in Kaduna, Nigeria a fortnight ago.

Bala said his side have been able to fix the loose ends that condemned them to defeat in Kaduna and more than ever buoyed to take their own pounds of flesh right there at the opponents backyard.

“We are done with preparations as far as the match against Santoba in Conakry, Guinea is concerned.

“We engaged ourselves in two top test matches against 36 Lion FC and top-flights, MFM FC in Lagos. We lost 1-2 to 36 Lion while we drew 2-2 with MFM FC.

“We used the matches to correct some things that were not right in the first leg in Kaduna and we have perfected strategy to make sure we get it right in Conakry.

“We worked on the psyche, psychology and strength of the players, I think their coordination and focus are perfect.

“Our strategy is to avoid conceding goal while we go all out to score goals, at least, we are looking at scoring three unanswered goals.

“Our belief is if Santoba could come here to outscore us we can comfortably do same thing over there in Conakry.

“The two friendly matches helped us greatly to boost the players confidence and I can confidently say right away that we will not lose to the hosts, Santoba.

“We want to go far in the competition, we want to bring smiles on the faces of our teeming supporters and Nigerians and the surest path to achieving the feat is to secure the next round ticket at the expense of Santoba Conakry,” said the former Kwara United coach to

The winners of the two legged encounter will face the Ivorian side, FC San Pedro in the second round of the Africa’s second tier club competition.

The Nigerian side left the shores of the country to the West African state on Tuesday and right now are well settled for the make or mar clash on Friday.

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