Niger Tornadoes’ goalkeeper and captain, Mustapha Aliko has admitted it was a huge blow to his side’s continental ambitions that they lost 2-1 at home to Sankoba Conakry of Guinea in the first leg of their 2019 CAF Confederations Cup first round qualifier.
However, while acknowledging that the Minna-based team, who were relegated from the top-flight Nigeria Professional Football League last season, fell to a very good opponent at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Aliko insisted that his team were the better side in the very enthralling game, and stressed that it is not yet over for The Ikon Alah squad.
Aliko opined further that Tornadoes only lost the game due to ill luck, hence his verdict that they must not be written off just yet and is staying upbeat that the Nigerian Federation Cup runners-up will win away in the reverse fixture and stay on course in Africa.
He added during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that Tornadoes are a resilient side, with a good coach and erudite assistants showing their players the way to go with great tactics and determination, all of which he says will make a difference for them in the second leg.
Aliko lamented: ‘We are very sad that we lost, especially because we played well. In fact, we were the better side in this match.
“At a point, we were in their half for over 14 minutes, but we could not score. It was just because of bad luck.
“That’s why I am sure we will do better in the second leg./ We have seen what went wrong at home, and we will prepare well for the second leg.”