Enyimba caretaker coach Usman Abd’allah says his target is to secure all 3 points or at least get a draw when the People’s Elephant file out against hosts, Djoliba of Mali in Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC) Match Day 5 encounter.
The 2-time CAF Champions League winners, who are currently placed 3rd with 6points in Group C of the competition, face Djoliba at the 35,000-capacty Stade Omnisport Modibo Keita tomorrow with kick-off slated for 7pm local time (8pm in Nigeria). A win or draw for Enyimba will boost their chances of advancing to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup this year.
“The importance of this game is clear. We just have to come out with a result,” Abd’allah said. “It’s all about qualifying to the quarter finals.
“We have to win the match or at least draw. But winning will make us comfortable in the group so that the last match (against CARA Brazzaville) will be an official match or something like that. So we have to win this match or at least get a draw.”
Abd’allah added that the team is very prepared for the battle ahead. He said: “We’ve worked very hard because we know the task ahead of us. And the players have also worked very hard.
“And recently moving back to Aba has also arisen the confidence of the team in general, and I think we are ready.”
His thoughts were also echoed by his captain Mfon Udoh, who has equally set his sights on victory for Enyimba in Bamako tomorrow.
“Judging from the table, the only thing which we will do in Mali is just to get the maximum three points or come to worst, at least one point will do the magic,” the NPFL record goalscorer in a season said.
“Djoliba is the only team right now that is left on the away run (for Enyimba). So I think we are going to win Djoliba to survive the race. That’s the only thing we need to do; nothing short of victory.”
Enyimba are aiming to become the first Nigerian club to win the CAF Confederation Cup since its inception in 2004.