Rivers United forward Bernard Ovoke (left) goes for goal against Akwa United in the NPFL
Thursday Feb 16, 2017. 10:52
AS Real Bamako coach Pascal Pons has predicted victory at Rivers United in a CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg match on Sunday.
The first leg in Mali finished in a scoreless draw.
A scored draw in Sunday’s second leg will earn AS Real qualification for the first round of the competition, but Pons said his side will be playing the win the game outright in Port Harcourt.
“We can win in the second leg and that is exactly how we will approach that game,” he said.
“It was hard for us in the first leg because it was the first time we were playing against Rivers United and didn’t know anything about them.
“Now we know them, and things will be different.”
The Franco-Malian did not however fail to reserve words of adulation for Rivers United.
He described the Port Harcourt club as a "physical side with good players’", but insisted they will be tripped in front of their home supporters.
“I give credit to our opponents (Rivers United); a very physical side with good players,” he said.
“They had their good moments too in the first leg (in Bamako).
“Now, we must concentrate on working on (neutralising) their strengths and (exploiting their) weaknesses and try to beat them at their place.”
Sunday’s game will be played at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
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