Despite gaining a first leg advantage against Rahimo FC, head coach Fatai Osho is leaving no stone unturned in our preparation ahead of the return fixture in Aba this Sunday.
The gaffer has opened up some of his thoughts going into the Champions League preliminary round fixture.
ON AVOIDING COMPLACENCY
It would be very flush to assume that we have qualified already. A 1-0 away win in the first leg makes it look good and increases our chances but we all know the job isn’t done yet.
The players know how difficult it is to stop these Rahimo players who are full of speed and techniques. We have maximum respect for them and cannot afford to go easy. The whole team is working hard, as if we never won in Burkina Faso.
ON PLAYING WITHOUT FANS
When you’re playing at home you want the fans to be there because that gives us home advantage, but it’s a shame that the fans are not allowed for this one.
I wish we could have them behind us because it’s been many months since they watched us play, but we all understand the situation and can only hope things improve soon and supporters are allowed into the grounds.
This is the second time in just over one year that we’ll be playing against Rahimo behind closed doors, and it’s unfortunate because it also denies Nigerians the chance to see how exciting this Rahimo team are on the ball. They are a fantastic football team.
TOUGH CHOICE BETWEEN MBAOMA AND OMOYELE
We have made it very clear that whoever gets the chance to play must give his best, because there other quality players waiting outside. Tosin (Omoyele) started in Burkina Faso and did very well, but we also saw what Victor (Mbaoma) did when he came on. It shows that in them we have two quality strikers and that’s the competition that I want, not only the attack but in every other department. Anybody that gets the opportunity has to give his best.