Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah says his players have put the loss to Moroccan side Hassania Agadir behind them and are now in a ‘positive’ mood ahead of Sunday’s showdown with San Pedro of Cote d’Ivoire in Aba.
The 2-time African champions kicked off the group stage of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup with an uninspiring 2-0 defeat to Hassania on Sunday, a result that condemned them to bottom of Group D ahead of home clash with San Pedro at the Enyimba International stadium.
But after overseeing Thursday’s training, Abd’Allah stated that his wards are well aware of the task at hand.
“The players have understood that there’s a lot of task ahead of us,” the soft-spoken tactician noted.
“We’ve spoken to them about the loss (against Hassania) and we all understand the situation we are in and you can see the attitude in the training ground is positive.
“We’ve been training very hard and the response is quite interesting from the players. I’m happy with their response and their attitude in training.”
The Ivorians on their part did not impress on the opening day, playing out a goalless draw against AC Paradou of Algeria in Abidjan, and Abd’Allah believes the situation can fire them up ahead of their trip to Aba.
“This competition is always about winning and everyone is gearing up to qualify for the quarterfinal. And we’re expecting them to come very strong that is why we’re not leaving any stone unturned; that’s why we’re not taking anything for granted. We are working hard to see that we counter whatever they come in with.
“The main goal for Sunday is to get the three points first. If it comes with some bonus of goals it will go a long way, but I think the three points is very important to get it so that we can set ourselves in the race.”
Sunday’s clash between Enyimba and San Pedro in Aba is slated to kickoff by 2pm local time.