Bayelsa United forward Inikurogba Okardi says his teammates are in ‘high spirits’ ahead of Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round fixture against Guinean side AS Ashanti Golden Boys.
The Aiteo Cup champions confront Ashanti Golden Boys in a one-legged fixture – following CAF’s ruling due to the political tension in Guinea – at the Samson Siasia Stadium on Sunday, with a win taking them to the first round of the competition.
Ahead of the clash, Okardi expressed his team’s readiness, adding that they are confident and want to ‘go further’ in the competition they last featured in seven years ago (in 2014).
“We’ve been training for this very moment and I think (we are) 100 per cent prepared for Sunday’s game against Ashanti Golden Boys,” he said.
“The spirit is high. From the players perspective, I would tell you the spirits are high. As a player, the continental is the highest every player is expected to play at this local level. And for us to get to this very level, the expectations are high.
“So, we are all hoping to give our best in the continental and to go further, not even to just do one, and then, go home. We are expecting to win, and win, and keep winning.”
The former Nigerian champions, who now play in the second-tier Nigeria National League, will hope to continue their fairytale season in the CAF Confederation Cup.
On their way to claiming a maiden Aiteo Cup last month, the Diepreye Teibowei-tutored side eliminated top-flight teams like Rangers International, Lobi Stars, Rivers United, before defeating Nasarawa United in the final via penalties.
The Yenagoa-based outfit reached the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2009, losing 2-1 on aggregate to eventual champions Entente Setif of Algeria.