CAFCC: Enyimba Mentally Ready For Al Ittihad After 1st-Leg Disappointment – Finidi George (AUDIO)

Enyimba coach Finidi George says the People’s Elephant are mentally prepared for their CAF Confederation Cup second-leg playoff clash against Al Ittihad, after the unfortunate and disappointing experience they faced in Morocco on their way to Tunis for the botched first-leg tie a week ago.

Tunisian authorities denied the two-time African champions entry to Tunis – venue of the first leg -, leaving the Nigerian side stranded in Casablanca for four days under harsh conditions before CAF postponed the fixture.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s second-leg in Aba, the former Super Eagles star said his side have put the ugly experience behind, and are now ‘focused’ on getting ‘the job done’ against the Libyans.

“We were quite disappointed that we didn’t play the first game, and all that went on in Morocco,” the ex-Ajax and Real Betis winger said. “But I think that’s an old chapter.

“As soon as we got into Nigeria, we knew we were starting a new page and the players are focused to train and make sure we get the job done.

“So, the players are focused and the spirit in camp is good. And I think the players are ready to go. So, ] we’ll give our best on Sunday and make sure we get the best result that we can.”

With uncertainty still hovering around the date and venue of the first-leg, the 50-year-old tactician is hoping Enyimba, who have reached the quarter-finals of the competition in the last two seasons, can secure a big win against Al Ittihad to render the reverse fixture a mere formality.

“I think uncertainty should not be a question,” he said. “I think we are focused. Our focus is now to win the game. If we can do that, if we have another game to play, maybe in Libya, we would do that.

“We are not in a position to decide what CAF is doing or what CAF is not doing. We’ll just focus on this game and make sure we get the best result that we can get, and if there’s a second game, definitely, we’ll give the best in that second game.

“So, the most important thing here is the first match. If the result is very, very good, it doesn’t matter if we have a second game.”

Enyimba thrashed Senegalese side Diambars 4-0 on aggregate to reach the playoff stage of the competition, while Al Ittihad dropped to the CAF Confederation Cup, after suffering a narrow 1-0 aggregate loss to Tunisian giants Esperance.

Winners over two legs will progress to the money-spinning group stage of the competition.