Enyimba head coach Usman Abd’Allah believes he has a strong enough squad to earn a positive result against Paradou AC in Algiers despite being without a large number of first-team players for the CAF Confederation Cup tie.
Abd’Allah’s side, second in Group C take on third-placed Paradou in a Matchday 3 fixture on Sunday, 29 December with a victory sure to boost their chances of making the knockout round.
They, however, are severely constrained by a horrendous injury crisis which has ruled out first-choice goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai, defence stalwarts Ifeanyi Anaemena and Nelson Ogbonnaya, midfielders Dare Olatunji and Thomas Zenke, as well as striker Reuben Bala.
Of the travelling party to Algiers, captain of the Aba giants Andrew Abalogu, goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode and defender Austin Opara have various niggles and are all injury doubts.
Abd’Allah, who led the 2-time African champions to the semifinals of the competition in 2018, however, remained undaunted declaring his “confidence” that the available players will step up and “get something” from the encounter.
“The boys that are coming in to replace the injured ones are also very confident. I think we have also capable players that can fit in. To me, I’m going with a very strong squad for this match. I have confidence that we are going to get something out of it,” he declared.