Newly acquired Enyimba goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode says the Peoples Elephant are condemned to progress to the next stage of the CAF Champions League at the expense of Burkina Faso side Rahimo FC.
Enyimba trail 1-0 from the first leg played at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou a fortnight ago and host the Burkinabes on Sunday, 25 August at the Enyimba Stadium in a match that CAF has ruled must be played behind closed doors.
Many have predicted an easy win for the 2-time Champions League winners on Sunday, but Kayode says the players must put in the work to get the victory adding that it would be all but unthinkable for Enyimba to stumble against the minnows from Burkina Faso.
“Yeah, saying it is going to be easy is [easy to say], so we have to work hard on the field to make it easy that day because no matter what, we have to qualify and move to the next round.
The 8-times champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League had embarked on an aggressive recruitment spree to mark their return to Africa’s premier club competition, signing no fewer than twelve players as they sought to strengthen virtually every area of Usman Abd’Allah’s squad.
Kayode, who joined the Aba side from Lobi Stars have experience in the competition having played in the competition for his former side last season.
And he says Enyimba’s new players are motivated to prove their mettle and show they can live up to the expectations that come with playing for the record winners of the league and the only Nigerian side to win the Champions League.
“There are some players that won the competition before and we that are coming here to prove our own too. By the grace of God, we need to qualify and go above the stage.”