Osadiaye (right) has been suspended for Wednesday's Champions League clash in Tunisia
Thursday Apr 02, 2015. 21:59
Ghanaian-born shot stopper of Ethiopia’s Dedebit, Abu Suleiman, has told AfricanFootball.com his team will stop Warri Wolves of Nigeria on Saturday to qualify for the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Goals from Oghenekaro Etebo on five minutes and Gbolahan Salami from the spot in the 78th minute condemned the visitors to their first loss of the campaign after they saw off a club from Seychelles 5-2 on aggregate.
The agile goalkeeper, who stood between Warri Wolves and more goals in the first leg, stated that the absence of several regulars who were lost to injuries and suspensions contributed to Dedebit’s 2-0 loss in the first leg in Warri.
“No doubt, Warri Wolves are a good side but not good enough to prevent us from progressing to the next stage of the competition,” said ex-Costal de Sol of Mozambique ace Suleiman.
“Yes, we lost the first leg by two goals, but I assure that it will be a different kettle of fish when they come for the return leg.
“We played very well in Warri but lost because our opponents utilised the chances they created, while we did not. But, it will be different in the return leg when most of the top performers who missed this game will be available for us. Surely, this is the end of Warri Wolves dreams in this competition.”
Coach of the Ethiopian side, Johannes Tesema, was disappointed at the wastefulness of his front men in Warri.
“This was a game we could have won easily. Our plan was to leave Nigeria with at least a draw, but my attackers failed when it mattered most,” he said.
“However, I believe that we would repair the damage in the second leg when we will have a full complement of our players who missed the game through suspensions and injuries.
“Warri Wolves can’t stand between us and qualifying for the second round. It will be difficult but achievable. With the mammoth crowd at our base, Wolves will be tamed.
“I must state that we were disappointed with the empty stands at the stadium in Warri which will be the opposite in Addis-Ababa.”
By Norbert Okolie