Ba still full of confidence

Demba Ba

Senegal striker Demba Ba said he had lost none of his confidence and still expected to be among the goals at the African Nations Cup finals despite defeat for his country in their opening match last weekend.

Ba said he was confident the much fancied Senegal would still advance to the quarter-finals despite the surprise 2-1 defeat suffered against Zambia at the start of the tournament in Bata on Saturday.

“Success will come for us, of that I have no doubt,” he told reporters in Bata, where Senegal meet co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in their second Group A game on Wednesday.

The Newcastle United forward hit the crossbar and wasted two other good chances against Zambia but said he was determined to be a factor at the tournament.

“Often, you can close your eyes, hit and score. Sometimes, you try every trick in the book but the ball refuses to go in,” he said in a brief interview after a training session.