Painful defeat for How Mine: Nigerians


LAGOS — Bayelsa United head coach, Richard Bubagha has assured his side will qualify for the next stage of the Caf Confederation Cup at the expense of Zimbabwean opponents, How Mine FC.

The Restoration Boys fell 1-2 to the Southern African side in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Saturday in the first leg second round fixture of Africa’s second tier club competition.

The decisive return fixture will hold on Saturday at the Sapele Township Stadium.

Bubagha said his side now have better understanding of their opponents and will be able to come up with a potent antidote that will unsettle the side on Saturday.

“It has never crossed my mind even for once that Bayelsa United have seen the end to their Caf Confederation Cup campaign following the side’s 1-2 defeat to How Mine FC in Zimbabwe.

“How Mine FC are a good side there is no doubt about it but we’ve better understanding of the side now than previously.

“We’ve seen their strengths as well as weaknesses, we’re working on them and come Saturday in Sapele, Bayelsa United will thrash How Mine FC to advance to the next stage of the competition.

“We’re going to inflict same painful defeat on the Congolese side, FC Kondzo against How Mine FC.

“Bayelsa United are putting everything right to ensure it puts smile on the faces of Nigerians come Saturday,” Bubagha said. Bubagha however disclosed that the side’s top striker, Peter Ebimobowei is ruled out of the clash as he is still nursing a hamstring injury picked in Zimbabwe against How Mine FC.

“Peter Ebimobowei will miss the clash against How Mine FC on Saturday due to hamstring injury but we’re capable replacement.

“We asked him to rest to avoid worsening the injury, it is nothing to worry about we’ll get it right,” Bubagha said.