Niger Tornadoes of Minna on Tuesday flew out of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, to keep a date with Santoba Conakry in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup fixture this Friday.
Ikon Allah Boys, who qualified for the competition by virtue of finishing runners-up in the Nigeria Federation Cup behind league second placed league side, Kano Pillars, have an uphill task on their feet, having lost the first leg 2-1 at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna two weeks ago.
However, Tornadoes are staying upbeat, and one of their midfielders, Dosso Saib, who hails from Ivory Coast, believes his team can get an away win in their second leg preliminary round tie against Santoba.
While Dosso is pained by Tornadoes’ home defeat, he insists the result was not a function of how good their opponents from Conakry were, but argued that hard luck affected his team.
Incidentally, it could be a repeat of history, as Tornadoes threaded on a similar path the last time they represented Nigeria on the continent in 2001.
After losing their first game in the first round of the then African Cup Winners’ Cup, Tornadoes went all the way to the quarter-final before they were ousted by Angola’s FC Interclube.
The incidence of history is what the Minna-based side are now holding unto for a turnaround in Conakry this Friday, hence the enthusiasm with which they departed Nigeria’s shores on Tuesday.
They wrote on social media: “Players and officials of Niger Tornadoes fc at the Murtala Muhammad In’t Airport in Lagos set to board a flight to Conakry ahead of Friday’s return leg #TotalCAFCC tie against Santoba Fc.”