Liberia’s first division champions, Watanga FC, will face Nigerian champions Rivers United this Sunday at the SKD Sports Stadium in the second leg of the 2022 CAF Champions League first preliminary round.
Watanga, who are making their debut in the CAF inter-club competition, lost 3-0 in the first leg away to Nigeria in the first leg on September 11, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka International stadium in Port Harcourt.
Ahead of Sunday’s match, players and officials of the club are appealing to football fans to throng the SKD Sports Stadium to cheer the team.
Despite the 3-0 defeat away from home in the first leg, the champions believe that they are capable of upsetting the odds with the support of a large number of fans.
“At this point, it’s not about us [Watanga] as a team, but as Liberia’s representatives to the CAF Champions League, so we need the support of all Liberians and football lovers and not just Watanga fans,” captain Farsedu Logan said.
“This is the game of football, it’s still possible that we overturn the result, but that can’t be done without the support of the fans. Let our opponents play against us on the pitch and against our fans in the stadium, that’s going to be a huge difference.”
In 2017, Liberia’s representative to the CAF Champions League, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Mozambique champions Ferroviario Beira, but fought back to overturn the result with a 2-0 win at home at the Antoinette Tubman. Unfortunately, the team lost 4-1 in penalties with just a goal needed to qualify the team for the next stage.
The turnout of supporters during the game played a key role as it motivated the players to build that confidence and comeback spirit during the match.