Bayelsa United coach Diepreye Teibowei says he is unfazed by the challenge of facing the most successful side in the CAF Confederation Cup CS Sfaxien on Sunday.
The Aiteo Cup champions host the Tunisian outfit, who have won the Confederation Cup a record three times, at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, in the first leg of their second preliminary round tie on Sunday, with the second leg in Sfax, a week later.
Though the Bayelsa United gaffer acknowledged the brilliance and quality Sfaxien and other North African teams possess, he is adamant the 2009 semi-finalists will overcome the Tunisian giants, whom he says are not ‘invincible’.
“We are aware of certain things about CS Sfaxien from Tunisia,” the UEFA Licensed coach said. “The North Africans, generally, they are good sides, but that does not mean that they are unbeatable.
“In recent past, we hear of Shooting Stars of Ibadan, Enugu Rangers….they played these Algerians, they played the North Africans, and we still come out tops. So, I think it’s just going to be the same thing.
“CS Sfaxien is not invincible.
“For me, I know that Bayelsa United can go all the way and do what is expected of them.”
Teibowei, who guided the second-tier Nigeria National League (NNL) side to a maiden Aiteo Cup triumph in August, added that his players are in high spirit and believes they will ‘devour’ CS Sfaxien on Sunday.
“I’m talking to my players,” he said, “They are in high spirits, they are ready to go.
“I know that come on Sunday, by God’s grace, we are going to devour CS Sfaxien of Tunisia because they are not invincible.
“The players I have are capable. I keep telling people that I have players (like Bernard Okoronwanta and Ebitimi Agogo) who have played continental in this Bayelsa United team. It’s a combination of experience and young talented players.
“So, we are not scared of any team at all in this competition. I said this before we won the FA Cup (Aiteo Cup), and I’m saying it again, that any team that is looking down on Bayelsa United, it’s just a pity (for the team).”
Bayelsa United thrashed Guinean side AS Ashanti Golden Boys 4-2 at home in a one-legged tie in the first preliminary round, while Sfaxien were drawn bye from that round.