AS Vita coach Florent Ibenge believes that history will not repeat itself as they attempt to nullify the Caf Confederation Cup final, first leg 3-0 defeat to Raja Casablanca.
The Congolese giants were handed a heavy 3-0 defeat which now looks to be an insurmountable task to overturn in the return fixture at the Stade des Martyrs.
But Ibenge is refusing to let his side throw in the towel as yet, insisting that Sunday’s tie would be an entirely different affair from the first leg.
“A match is never the same,” Ibenge told FOOT.CD.
“But it is true that we made life complicated for ourselves. Even in training when a team leads by three goals to zero, the game is stopped because it is considered that the match is over.
“But we have seen in history scenarios that have redefined themselves in another way. Let's hope and work to show another image better than the first leg.”
Ibenge was the coach of AS Vita when they lost the 2014 Caf Champions League final to Algerian giants ES Setif.
Now, losing the Confederation Cup final could be too much to stomach for Ibenge as Vita’s Cameroonian goalkeeper Nelson Lukong stresses that this is a must-win encounter.
Having last claimed silverware on the continent in 1973, AS Vita are keen to break the jinx in Africa although they face an overwhelming task.
But Lukong is drawing inspiration from the semifinal, second leg when they thumped Egyptian side Al Masry 4-0 at home.
“Everyone is determined to win a Cup on the continent which we have not won for 45 years,” Lukong told FOOT.CD.
“I have been with this club for over 10 years and I want to win a trophy. I was already there in 2014 during the final of the Champions League. I am confident about the second leg. We showed that we can win with huge margins, especially in the semifinal against Al Masry where we scored four goals against zero.”
Lukong shipped in three goals in the first leg and oozing with confidence ahead of the return leg couls be the spirit coach Ibenge has bene looking for in his team.