Fidelis Ilechukwu, head coach of Nigeria’s Plateau United in the CAF Champions League, thinks the match is still evenly balanced despite his team earning a draw on the road in the first leg last weekend.
Last weekend in Franceville, Gabon, the Nigeria Professional Football League runners-up and Stande Manji played to a 2-2 draw.
The team has been preparing for the match as they will host the same opponent in the second leg this weekend at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja.
Because this game is crucial for me as a coach, we have been talking to ourselves ever since we got back.
He told the club media, “I don’t want to write off our opponent just because we drew last week in their backyard; this is football and both sides have a fifty-fifty chance of qualifying.”
The winner of the two legs will advance to the qualifying round where they will play Tunisian former champions Esperance.