Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun is full of praises for his players following their hard-fought 2-0 win against Malian giants, AC Djoliba in an opening Group C match of the this Year’s CAF Confederation Cup.
After a barren first half at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar on Sunday, defender Isiaka Oladuntoye volleyed in the opener before substitute, Stanley Dimgba converted from the penalty spot late on to hand the two-time African champions all three points, to take control of the Group.
“Firstly, I will like to thank God first of all for the victory; which is very important,” Aigbogun said in a post-match press conference.
“And secondly, I can’t praise our players highly enough for the performance that they put there. So, all credit goes to the players.
“I think in the first half both teams were a little bit nervous, nobody wants to make any mistake. And I think by the time we came out into the second half, we had already weighed up the opposition a little bit, and we tried to change one or two things in the way we played, and thankfully, it worked.
“I have to praise all the players, even those on the bench,” Aigbogun, who also doubles as Nigeria’s U-20 national team coach, said.
With the win against Djoliba, Enyimba are early leaders of Group C with 3points.
The People’s Elephant will next midweek travel to Brazzaville for a date with Congolese side CARA, who lost 1-0 to Ivorian new boys, Williamsville on Sunday.