Ahead of the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup first round tie with Energie FC, Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu has warned his side against complacency, while predicting a tough battle when they face the Benin Republic outfit on Sunday in Calabar.
The two-time Caf Champions League winners enjoy a 2-0 advantage from the first leg in Cotonou last week, and are huge favourites to advance to the next round, but the experienced administrator thinks the fixture is far from over.
“I think I wouldn’t want to create a wrong impression-that we won 2-0 (in the first leg) was a very good result,” the long-serving Enyimba boss said. “But it is not the end of the game, the game ends at the end of the next game (second leg).So, every game is not the same. For the fact that we won 2-0, any other club can still surpass that particular result.
“We must be very careful about what we think and how we approach the he game. We’ve been talking to our players not to show any kind of complacency.
“We’ve seen recently, I mean it does happen all the time but recently, great teams like Manchester United, Man City, they go away; they win and they come back home and they lose.”
Despite a 2-0 first leg advantage for the People’s Elephant, the Nigeria Football Federation board member has predicted a tough encounter.
“I believe that it is going to be a very tough match,” he said.
“That match in my opinion has not been won squarely. We need to come out and be able to defend that particular result (2-0) that we got away. The only way we can do that is to also win very well, and qualify to the next round.”
A likely aggregate win for Enyimba over Energie will see the Nigerian flag bearers advance to the playoffs round where they will face a team eliminated from the CAF Champions League, for a place in the group phase of the Confederation Cup.
The match comes up on Sunday (tomorrow) by 4pm local time at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar, their adopted home ground.