Enyimba right-back Stanley Okorom and teammate Austin Oladapo have backed the eight-time Nigerian champions to get a result against Algerian side Paradou AC in today’s CAF Confederation Cup Matchday three encounter in Algiers.
Enyimba, second in Group D take on third-placed Paradou in the 8pm kickoff with victory sure to boost the Nigerians’ chances of progressing to the knockout stage.
However, getting a victory away from home in North Africa has proven onerous for the Aba Elephants in recent times with their last trip to the region ending in a 2-0 defeat to group leaders Hassana Agadir in Morocco on Matchday one.
But midfielder Austin Oladapo says while getting wins away from home in continental ties is very rare for African teams in general, Enyimba’s pedigree means they always approach each game looking to win regardless of venue.
The midfielder said the added incentive of boosting progression to the knockout stage and increasing their lead over Paradou in the group standings will spur the Nigerian champions.
“Sometimes like that in football, clubs find it very hard to win away from home, but we’re not going to let those talks disturb or affect us. We’re still going to put in our best,” Oladapo said.
“I know Enyimba to be a very good team to always get a point or win away from home. So we’re still going to be working hard. I think they are beatable at home, but it’s not going to be easy, having lost their last league game at home they’ll want to prove a point.
“But if we must overcome them we must be able to work very hard, to make sure that we get a point or we’re able to beat them at home. I think that the game is important to us because we’re in second, with three points.
“If we’re able to get a win or a draw we’ll [have six or four points], and we’ll be able to put Parodou down, and our next match is home. So the game is so important to us if we’re able to get a point or win, then we’ll know that by God’s grace we’re almost getting the qualification to the next round.”
Right-back Stanley Okorom echoes his teammate’s sentiments saying that two-time African champions Enyimba have what it takes to beat “big team” Paradou in front of their home fans.
“[Paradou] is a very big team but we’re not going to let anybody down. The game is very important for us. Actually, we’re in second but, we need a victory over there. We believe in our strength, we believe in our ability, since all this while we have been training very hard.”