Sunday, March 02, 2014

Kondzo were tough as nails - Gideon

Bayelsa United goalkeeper, Gambo Gideon [pictured], has revealed that Congolese club, AS Kondzo, proved to be a handful during their first round, first leg game in the Caf Confederation Cup on Friday.

The Nigerian club secured a goalless draw on the road in Congo, but Gideon has disclosed they were always on the back foot for about 75 minutes of that leg of the clash.

The former Nigerian under-20 goalkeeper told that Bayelsa United got off the blocks faster and dominated their Congolese counterparts in the opening quarter of an hour of the clash but failed to score from three chances.

"It wasn't an easy game. In the first 15 minutes we were in control of the game and got like three clear chances to be in the lead but we couldn't convert them. After then the pressure turned back on us but to the glory of God we were able to withstand the pressure," said Gideon to

The goalkeeper further explained that fatigue did set in during Friday's match as Bayelsa United had to travel a day before the clash.

"It really affected us but we just did enough to get a draw," he said.

Gideon was also full of praise for Bayelsa United's outfield players especially his defenders on the day.

Benin Republic international, Salomon Junior, Ebinipre Dengo, Odili Iyasele and Samuel Tswanya played in defence for Bayelsa United against AS Kondzo.

Bayelsa United will play hosts to the Congolese club in Sapele on the weekend of March 7 and 9.

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