Nigeria’s Sunshine Stars have admitted they will be up against the heat in Mali ahead of today’s CAF Champions League tie versus Djoliba.
Skipper Godfrey Oboabona said the tropical heat has been unsettling, but they are still focused on getting a result on the road.
“The weather here is very hot, even hotter than what we experience in Northern Nigeria, but we are here for business and ready to battle Djoliba for a favourable result,” said the versatile Oboabona, who has been capped at full international level by Nigeria.
Striker Dele Olorundare has been the Sunshine striker on form in the Champions League with three goals and he told MTNFootball.com the harsh weather notwithstanding, the team will win in Bamako.
“We expect a good game. I will do my best to lift my team in this game. We have to forget about the weather, we are going to beat them,” declared the hard-running front man, who has also netted four times in the NPL.
“It is not going to be an easy game as Djoliba used to be one of the top teams in Africa, but we are lifted by the spirit that made us to scale through the previous round even after most people wrote us off.”
Goalkeeper Moses Ocheje has promised a clean sheet in Mali. He said: “I am prepared to do my best not to allow the Malians score and I am sure my defenders will make that easy for me, so that our strikers and midfielders will get the goals for us to conquer in Mali.”
Djoliba enjoyed a walkover victory over Uganda Revenue Authority in the second leg after they won the first game 2-0 in Kampala.