AS Real Bamako coach Pascal Pons is confident his side will claim a victory against Rivers United in the second leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round tie in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
The two sides played a 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Stade Modibo Kéïta, Bamako last week.
A score draw in Sunday’s second leg will earn AS Real qualification for the first round of the competition but Pons says his side will be playing the win the game outright in Port Harcourt.
“We can win in the second leg and that is exactly how we will approach that game," Pons told riversunitedfc.com.
“It was hard for us in the first leg because it was the first time we were playing against Rivers United and didn’t know anything about them.
“Now we know them, and things will be different.”
The Franco-Malien did however praised Rivers United.
He added: “I give credit to our opponents (Rivers United); a very physical side with good players.
“They had their good moments too in the first leg (in Bamako).
“Now, we must concentrate on working on (neutralizing) their strengths and (exploiting their) weaknesses and try to beat them at their place.”
Sunday’s game will be played at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.