Nigerian born Energie FC goalkeeper Damilola Wilson has bemoaned his sides disappointing 0-2 home defeat to Enyimba International on Wednesday in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup second round, first leg encounter played at the Mathieu Kerekou Stadium.
The former FC Bolowotan of Lagos goalkeeper rued his team’s first half collapse after conceding two goals within the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Lack of communication in the defence of the Benin side led to Bolarinwa Lawal heading an own goal beyond the goalkeeper in the third minute as the Aba-side took the lead. The visitors continued their pressing game and with just nine minutes gone, Austin Oladapo swept home Stanley Dimgba’s sweet pass.
“We conceded two goals within 10 minutes, the early goals was a huge setback for our game plans but generally in the game I think we gave a good fight despite the early goals,” said Wilson to naijafootballplus.com.
Wilson who has nationalized and migrated to Benin Republic has represented the country at the U17 and U20 national team levels. He admitted his side only had themselves to blame.
“We lost focus, it wasn’t about being respectful to Enyimba we made costly errors and we got punished. We were caught unaware, the first goal was a miscommunication between me and my defender. We are disappointed and we admitted our errors.
“We have to put the defeat behind us and take motivation from our dominant performance in the second half, we were so unlucky not to have level the scores in the second half. We won’t give up, the target is still possible we can also start early in the second leg and score goals.
Wilson added: “We fought back and they have to sweat through hard work in the second half, we are a young side but we are focused and determined. We will give a good fight to end in the second leg.”
The second leg of this fixture will come up on March 18th in Calabar.