Coach of Enyimba FC, Usman Abdallah has identified the importance of Rayon Sports visit to the Elephant Park in Aba for the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal fixture on Sunday.
In a post match reaction to journalists after the 0-0 draw in Kigali, the coach revealed that he wanted a win but took the result in good faith and will work for a better result in the second leg which he described as an open one.
“The objective was to win but it didn’t matter if we’re drawing or winning because it is the first leg and the match is not won or lost yet so it’s okay to come out with a score draw which I was expecting so we can have an advantage but the game is still open.
“The match will be won or lost in the return leg. This is the first time we’ll be playing Rayon Sports. We knew nothing about the team but we’ve seen their strategy today and we noticed that their football is all about scoring.” He said.
Not berating their opponents, the experienced coach revealed his team will go ahead to work for win which will ensure qualification for the semifinal stage.
“We were very cautious in the first half and we let them keep the ball and read them very well. At this stage, every team that you’ve seen in this quarterfinal is not there by chance and I respect the team Rayon Sports.
“They have a good team and they did very well. We’re going back with this satisfactory result and we’ll go back to the drawing board and see how the game will end up in the return leg. It’s normal for home teams to play. We worked to instructions and we got a good result. Both teams were lucky not to concede.” He added
On Enyimba’s profligacy in front of goal; the gaffer had this to say, “I can excuse my strikers but we’ll have to work on our finishing in the second leg.
“Enyimba will return once again to Aba, this time on Sunday 23rd September, to play another must win game in front of home fans as they look to become the first Nigerian club to win this competition.