Plateau United coach Kennedy Boboye is confident his team can overturn the 4-2 defeat they suffered against Etoile du Sahel in Tuesday’s first round clash of the 2018 CAF Champions League to scale through to the group stage of the continental competition.
The Peace Boys had to score two late goals against the Tunisians after they had gone 4 goals behind to keep themselves in the contest ahead the second leg of the tie.
The NPFL reigning champions will need at least two unreplied goals against Etoile to secure a berth in the group stage of the tourney and Boboye thinks it is achievable.
“If the boys could keep their cool we can scale through,” Boboye told SCORENigeria.
“Let’s see how it goes in the return leg.
“But all the same, I give credit to the boys for standing up to the many antics the Tunisia side brought before the match.”
Boboye rued the team’s fall to the Tunisian side in the first half and blamed it on the players’ lack of grit in the early stage of the contest.
“My boys showed too much respect to the opponents. They did not play to their strength in the first 20 minutes, but after a pet talk in the dressing room they came out, played to instructions and we got two vital away goals in the match,” the gaffer explained.
“We were a better side in the second half of the game.”
“The Tunisians are a good side no doubts, but we are optimistic that we will progress to the group stage of the Champions League.”
Plateau United will host the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle side in the reverse fixture on Friday, March 16.