Enyimba forward Stanley Dimbga says the People’s Elephant will not expect to return home empty handed after their Matchday 12 encounter against Enugu Rangers on Sunday.
It is usually a charged atmosphere when both sides meet in what has become the biggest Eastern derby at the moment and Dimgba expects nothing different this time around.
The fixture ended in a 1-1 draw last season and Dimgba says Enyimba is looking forward to bettering that result or at least equalling it.
“We played them last year and we played 1-1. They came to our home and we won 2-1.
“It’s not an easy match. Whenever we’re playing a local derby it must be tough. But for us every match is taken one after the other.
“Now the Cotonu match (CAF Confederation game against Energie) has come and gone, we we’re ready for Rangers on Sunday.
“That match is a match that everyone will have an eye on. And for we as players, we are determined to work hard as our spirit is high and everybody is happy we have improved.”
Enyimba has not lost a game since 21 January when they were beaten 2:0 away to Katsina United in the NPFL.
Such a form has apparently raised the spirits in the Enyimba camp as Dimgba is confident his side will not lose against Enugu Rangers on Sunday.
“This match we’re not going to lose because whenever we determine to achieve something we achieve it.
“We have already determined we are not going to lose this match. We must fight to the end and we are going to get something out of it.”
A major talking point ahead of the derby has been Rangers Coach Gbenga Ogunbote.
Ogunbote in the previous season coached Enyimba and led the club to a continental slot finish in the league.
It thus came as a surprise to many when his contract was not renewed by the People’s Elephant.
Dimgba says though Ogunbote may be familiar with the team, current Coach Paul Aigbogun already being aware of that fact, can be trusted to come up with measures to nullify whatever Ogunbote has planned for the derby.
“He (Ogunbote) knows us and knows what we can offer. That doesn’t mean we cannot do well.
“Our coach realises he has been here before and will counter whatever he comes up with.”
Enyimba goes into the Matchday 12 encounter 4th on the league table with 17 points while Rangers are 8th with 15 points.