Friday 23 June 2017

Boco confident of final glory for the Bit O'Red

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Romauld Boco's journey to Sunday's FAI Cup final is more unusual than most -- but one thing the Benin international can boast about is plenty of is big-game experience.

The Sligo Rovers right winger played for the country of his mother at the African Cup of Nations before rejoining the north-westerners after a spell at Burton Albion.

His return sparked a run of form that saw the Bit O'Red storm to third in the final Airtricity League table, win the EA Sports Cup and reach the Aviva Stadium showpiece this weekend.

They've done it in some style too and, although he needed some convincing from manager Paul Cook to come back to the club, Boco claims their finish has exceeded expectations, reckons they can compete for the league next season and is very confident of success on Sunday.

"I had to think," he said. "Paul was asking me for a while and, when I saw how the team was playing, I said 'Okay'.

"I came and the deal was if we could finish in the top four and be in Europe, it would be a good season. Actually we've done a bit better. Since I've been back, we played 15 games and we didn't lose. I'm very happy with the way we play. I enjoy it.

"We used to kick the ball long and nick a goal -- you are not happy even when you win (when you play like that). We try to play good football; people enjoy it, we've got a lot of fans now who are coming every game, not just because we are doing well. When someone is paying for a ticket, it is to watch good football.

"We have started to compare to the other teams and are getting better and better. We might try to win the league next year," Boco continued.

"We are used to playing big games now. We're doing it for three years now, playing games under pressure. It's normal now.

"We'll give our best (on Sunday). We'll try to win that game and, if we lose, the best team will win. We are confident."

Irish Independent

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