Captain of Enyimba FC, Nigeria’s sole representatives in the continent, Ifeanyi Anaemena has assured that the People’s Elephants will do all they can to avoid defeat in Mali.
In a chat with CAFOnline.com, the 26 year old defender underlined the importance of coming out unscathed and how it will better the team’s chances of qualification from group C in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup.
“There are no two ways about it; we must avoid defeat against Djoliba on Sunday or else, our chances of progressing further in the CAF Confederation Cup might be dimmed.
“We know they are a strong side and they need a win; but we have to motivate ourselves to be able to get a good result. A win is possible against Djoliba.
“It is true we have struggled in recent matches but that is all in the past; our focus now is the game on Sunday against Djoliba and we just have to do our best in Bamako before our last group game at home against CARA.” He said
He further went on to stress the feeling on returning to their home stadium in Aba after over two years of work and the morale boost of training in front of their fans and also the drive to make their first game on return a very important one.
“As you know we have not played in Aba in the last three seasons due to works at the stadium and everybody is happy it has now been completed. It was a great feeling for us to return home and train at the renovated stadium before leaving for the match against Djoliba.
“The opportunity we had training in front of our fans in Aba before our departure was an extra motivation; and we know many of our fans will be at the stadium for our final group game against CARA particularly if we beat Djoliba in Bamako.” He concluded.
Enyimba FC who are placed third will leave for Mali today as they take on bottom placed Djoliba AC of Bamako in a make or mar Group C clash for both sides of they will stand a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.