Nigeria’s only remaining side in continental club competitions this year, Warri Wolves FC are out for a survival battle against AC Leopards of Congo-Brazzaville in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup play-off on Saturday.
Wolves lost the first leg played in Dolisie three weeks ago by three goals, but Coach Paul Aigbogun has no doubt that his supercharged 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.
Official confirmed on Friday that the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barrister 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”, said Moses Etu, Media Manager of Warri Wolves.
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 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.