We want to beat Douanes in Niger – Kwara United


Ebenezer Bajela

Despite holding a healthy lead heading into the second leg of the preliminary rounds of the CAF Confederation Cup, Media Officer of Kwara United FC, Jimoh Bashir, has insisted that their target is to win away in Niger, The PUNCH reports.

The Harmony Boys recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over AS Douanes at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Sunday to put themselves on the brink of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup group stage, ahead of the second leg.

Paul Samson put Kwara in front against the Niger cup winners in the fifth minute to set the tone for the encounter, before Wasiu Jimoh scored twice before the break to put the hosts in a commanding position.

Kwara United travel on Thursday ahead of the second leg fixture scheduled for Sunday.

Speaking with The PUNCH, Bashir said despite their healthy lead, they would not settle for a draw in neighbouring Niger.

“We are very happy with the 3-0 win in Lagos because it puts us in a commanding position,” the media officer said.

“However, we are not going to Niger to settle for anything less because the mentality of the team has not changed. We will not do ourselves any good if we go with the mindset to defend because a goal could change the complexion of the game.

“The coach is not taking anything for granted ahead of the second leg and he has spoken with the boys. They are training very hard because we are going to Niger to win and not to settle for anything less.”

Kwara United will advance to the next round of the competition if they avoid defeat or lose by not more than two goals margin.

A win for the Ilorin-based club will pit them against very tough opposition in the form of holders RS Berkane of Morocco for a place in the group stage.