Despite the events in the African country, the goalkeeper says that his team will prepare for the continental campaign
John Shaibu reveals Bayelsa United are still training despite the uncertainty surrounding their Caf Confederation Cup match against Guinea’s Ashanti Golden Boys.
The Yenagoa team is expected to travel to Stade Kankou Moussa, Siguiri, on Sunday, where they will face the runners-up of the Guinea Cup National in 2021 in the preliminary round on Sunday.
However, the game may not go as planned, due to the backdrop of a reported coup attempt in the West African country.
Asked about the state of mind in Bayelsa’s camp due to reports from Guinea, the former player of Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars revealed that the men of Depreye Tebowe are upset because they are still working hard, even though Caf does not have a statement about it. not made.
‘What’s happening there now is not pleasant at all, and we hope it does not go badly with our dear brothers. I heard the news yesterday and I was really scared. “All we can do is pray for peace in Guinea,” Shaibu said. Purpose.
“Considering our match this weekend, we will not yet receive a statement from the Confederation of Afrikaans football. So we are still preparing hard, as usual.
‘Even if the match is postponed, it will not stop us from training, because we want to be in the best shape while looking for a place in the next round of the tournament.
“In any case, we are not distracted by what is happening in Guinea, and I can tell you that our ambition is to represent Nigeria well and hopefully reach the crucial stages of the championship.”
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.
The 24-year-old has revealed that the youth and talent in his side’s squad could take heart from Leicester City’s surprise victory in the Premier League to rule Africa.
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 team,” he said. Purpose.
“Now that we have this opportunity, we look forward to representing Nigeria well, and we are not just going to make up the numbers.
‘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 suspects or write us off, we do not care. Our duty is to get on the playing field and do the work. ”