The country’s only surviving team in continental competition will battle Sewe Sports in a West African derby as sixteen teams will slug it out for the last eight spots of the 2014 Orange CAF Confederation Cup this weekend.
Bayelsa United captain Salomon Junior said they will be going for the maximum points in Cote d’Ivoire, knowing a win can put one foot in the mini-league stage of the second-tier continental competition.
“We want to make Nigerians happy, we know we are the only ones left on the continent, we will do our best to keep the flag flying. We are gunning for victory against Sewe in Cote d’Ivoire.
“They are a good side, I know they play on the ground and we are good at that. We will do our best and ask God to crown our efforts,” he told Leadership.
Meanwhile, the club’s Club chairman, Odogu Akpofini, has said that though they do not have much information about their West African opponents, they are focused and adequately committed to overrun their foes in the first leg encounter.
“In terms of commitment the team is ready to do Nigeria proud. We are taking every game as it comes. We have little clue about our Ivorian opponent, Sewe Sporting FC of Cote d’Ivoire but I am confident that we will carry the day.
“We are into the competition not only to make impact, but our target is the trophy,” he was quoted as saying by Daily Trust.
Bayelsa, who eliminated How Mine FC of Zimbabwe, must have to get past the Ivorians in a bid to better their 2009 debut appearance, where they crashed out in the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation.
Sewe Sports, who are the Cote d’Ivoire Ligue 1 reigning champions though were relegated from the Champions League by Congolese powerhouse TP Mazembe would fight the battle of their lives to hols an home advantage over visiting Bayelsa United.