Habib Bye has been taken to the heats of the Newcastle fans because of his do-or-die attitude for the team.
Habib Beye – wants win tomorrow
Habib told the Evening Chronicle before he left for Portsmouth today:
â€œMaybe the fact that they are in a cup final might change the way they are thinking â€“ but we arenâ€™t going to take that for granted.â€
â€œTheyâ€™ll still be concentrating on us and weâ€™ve got to have the right attitude for both ourselves and our fans whoâ€™ll be making the long journey down there.â€
â€œPortsmouth wonâ€™t be taking it lightly, theyâ€™ll be wanting to beat us if they can. We have to be ready.â€
â€œI didnâ€™t play when we lost 4-1, but weâ€™ve got lots to put right. We need to have some revenge.â€ â€œThe next game is a different game, but weâ€™ve worked hard.â€
â€œWhen we lost 4-1 it was the start of bad times for Newcastle fans.â€ â€œLosing like that means confidence is down.â€
â€œBut now the confidence is going the other direction.â€ â€œFor me, Portsmouth are a good side, but we can go down there and win.â€
Newcastle’s African foursome are very much in great form at the moment with Beye, Abdoulaye Faye, Oba Martins and Geremi all playing excellently in the first team.
Portsmouth also have a number of good Africans who are enjoying a super season with Kanu firing his side to Wembley last week against West Bromwich Albion.
Yet Beye knows all about the dangers of Nigerian legend Kanu after several battles with him in Africa.
â€œI see it as another good challenge. Kanu is a good player and Iâ€™ve played against him at international level with Senegal when weâ€™ve played Nigeria.â€
â€œHeâ€™s a good player but itâ€™s not just him we need to look out for.â€ â€œTheyâ€™ve also got Papa Bouba Diop and Sulley Ali Muntari â€“ the whole team has winners in it.â€
We look forward very much to the game tomorrow, and there’s no doubt a win will send the Newcastle fans ecstatic – again.