Warri Wolves’ head coach, Paul Aigbogun, has said the delay to the start of the NPFL will not affect them when they take on Union Douala in Cameroon this weekend in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Aigbogun, who was reacting to the performance of his team in the 2 – 1 loss to Sharks on Sunday at the Sharks Stadium in a preparatory match, added that he was counting on his players to “step up” their game before the big match.
In contrast with Wolves’ position, Union Douala may have a competitive edge as the Cameroon Elite One just concluded its fifth round of matches over the weekend, but Aigbogun is adamant they would be ready by the weekend.
“We are as ready as we can be, and when it comes to competition, the players will always give a little more,” he told supersport.com.
“I am sure when it comes to the competition proper (the CAF Confederation Cup) my players would step up to the challenge.
“It could be a minus for us since their league is in session, but there is nothing we can do about it.
“That is why we just have to play as many friendly games as possible.
“We know the history of the team (Union Douala). They are a good side.
“However, we have done our ground work on them, and by God’s grace, we’ll go there and do the country proud.”
Aigbogun said he was satisfied with the quality of players brought in to reinforce the team, though he said a couple of them could not meet CAF registration deadline.
“We are satisfied with the contributions of the new players, though some of them came after the CAF registration had been concluded and would not be eligible to play now.
“We are hoping they will join us when we qualify for the group stage,” he said.
The CAF Confederation Cup, first round, first leg tie between Union Douala and Warri Wolves will hold on March 1 at the 30, 000 capacity Stade de la Renuification, Douala.
Union Douala are 11th in Elite One after playing a 1-1 draw with Bamboutous on Sunday.