Warri Wolves in ‘mission possible’ against Congolese
It appears an impossible mission, but players of Warri Wolves have vowed to win today’s CAF Confederation Cup match against Entancheite FC of Congo to keep Nigeria’s flag flying in the competition.
Wolves are Nigeria’s only surviving club in this year’s CAF competitions, but they boxed themselves to a tight corner two weeks ago by recording a slim 2-1 victory at Warri City Stadium in the first leg of the tie.
The club was battling a financial crisis before Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, came to their rescue by providing fund for their departure to Congo on Wednesday.
The Governor also boosted their morale by releasing money to offset part of their salary arrears, a gesture the players have vowed to reciprocate by beating the Congolese in front of their home fans today.
Wolves’ Managing Director, Davidson Owumi, said yesterday that Uduaghan deserved nothing but victory in today’s game for bailing out the team. “All the players have vowed that they will approach the game as if their lives depend on it. I pray we qualify so that we can dedicate the victory to Governor Uduaghan,” Owumi said.
The Guardian recalls that before the first leg in Warri two weeks ago, Governor Uduaghan visited the players and motivated them with cash gifts. He reminded the players that they did not win any trophy for him throughout his tenure despite all he did for the team and urged them to win the title this season.
Meanwhile, the team, which left Nigeria on Wednesday afternoon via Asky Airline through Lome, arrived Kinshasha at about 8.00pm same day and have since settled down ahead the game.
Today’s game will take place at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa. Super Eagles striker, Gbolahan Salami, as well as U-23 National Team stars, Etebo Oghenekaro and Freedom Omofonma, will spearhead Wolves’ attack. Camerounian officials will be in-charge of the game, with Aurelien Juenkou Wandji as centre referee. .