Crown FC striker, Bode Daniel is certain his side will not suffer any backlash against Nasarawa United following the Federation Cup round of 32 tie walk-over against amateur side, Leopard FC.
The Ogbomoso-based side will engage Nasarawa United in a tussle for a quarterfinal spot in Thursday’s Cup round of 16 duel at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba.
Daniel said the fact that the crucial encounter involves two Premier League sides makes the tie interesting and preferable compared with lower league sides.
“Of course, I won’t go out of my way to demand for a walk-over as I’ll always insist on victory on the field of play but Leopard FC won’t have troubled us from booking passage to the round of 16 even if they had showed up for the clash.
“Ordinarily, we would’ve been in disadvantage but we know what we want and equally know in knockout game positive result is key to progression in the competition.[eap_ad_2]
“Thus, instead of relaxing we actually doubled our preparations so the walk-over we picked against Leopard FC won’t count against us when we face Nasarawa United on Thursday in Aba.
“I’m excited we’re paired against a Premier League side unlike lower league side, we understand ourselves and should be able to come up with the best performance.
“Knowing and understanding your opponents in a knockout match helps a lot and I believe we’ll leverage on it to stun Nasarawa United.
“We’ve our eyes on the podium, two or three matches we’re right there and we’re determined not to leave any stone unturned to ensure we achieve our goal,” said the Glo Premier League newcomers hitman to supersport.com.