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CAF Confederations Cup: The continent will soon get to know and respect us, says Remo Stars’ Ogunmodede



Daniel Ogunmodede

Nigeria’s Confederations Cup flagbearers, Remo Stars will in 23 days time face their most challenging match ever as they are guests to Moroccan giants, Association Sportive Des Forces Armées Royales (AS FAR.)

Not only are the debutants facing a former champion, they will be playing before an anticipated large and hostile crowd.

Lead man in the dugout, Daniel Ogunmodede told the Sports Village Square that the challenges are already foreseen.

“Yes, there challenges, but we shall be up to the occasion.”

Ogunmodede was the coach that piloted Remo Stars from the NNL into the NPFL. He is thus accustomed to navigating rough terrains.

“The game in Rabat, will just be another match…tough though, we can come back with favourable result.


“The continent will soon get to know us and respect us”, said the coach as he believes that the team will profit from the benefits that their underdog status harbours for them.

He disclosed that he has done a background check on his opponents and he has some tricks up his sleeves.

He remarked that AS FAR is being guided by a Belgian coach, Sven Vandenbroeck.

Ogunmodede believes that the Belgian football tactics of passing the ball around will possibly be what to expect from the Moroccan side.

Vandenbroeck had previously handled Simba SC of Tanzania before signing a two-year contract with AS FAR last year.


“Am not perturbed by their perceived giant status”, Ogunmodede emphatically stated.  

Like Remo Stars did in the Nigeria Professional Football League, AS FAR were also third on the log at the Moroccan Botola Professional League.

“They may have the experience, we will be equal to the task”.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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