The goalkeeper says his team will be inspired by the Foxes’ English top flight title when they start their continental campaign next month
Goalkeeper John Shaibu believes Bayelsa United can draw inspiration from Leicester City’s heroic deeds in the Premier League and claim the Caf Confederation Cup glory.
The Nigerian National League team won the Aiteo Cup in 2021 after defeating NPFL team Nasarawa United in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw.
Apart from being the first team from the second division of Nigeria to lift the coveted trophy since Dolphins FC’s performance 20 years ago, the outfit from Yenagoa will represent the West African nation in the Confederations Cup along with Enyimba.
As they step up preparations for their campaign in September, the 24-year-old feels the youth and talent in his side’s squad could take heart from the Foxes’ surprise victory in the English elite division.
Football is about time and opportunities. “Nobody gave us a chance to win the Aiteo Cup in the first place, but we achieved it by defeating a top flight team,” said Shaibu. Purpose.
“Now that we have this opportunity, we look forward to representing Nigeria well, and we are not just going to make up the number of participating teams.
‘We have already started the preparations for our campaign, and with our youth team we can do a Leicester City.
‘We draw inspiration from them because no one gave them a chance to win the Premier League many seasons ago.
‘Whether people call us an underdog or write us, we do not care. Our duty is to get on the playing field and do the work. ”
The men of Depreye Tebowe start their Confederations Cup campaign against the Ashanti Golden Boys of Guinea in the preliminary round.
Even with that, the former goalkeeper of Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars is unpleasant about the threat of the giants of Stade Kankou Moussa.
“We are not intimidated by their profile and achievements because it does not count in football,” he continued.
“On top of that, football is a reverence for no one. We are hungry and want to make history.
“I am confident that we will scale their obstacle and reach the final through the grace of God that has brought us so far.”
The first matches of the preliminary qualifiers of the Caf Confederation Cup will take place between 10 and 12 September, while the reverse matches will take place for 17-19 September.