Enyimba captain Austin Oladapo says he is confident the People’s Elephant will qualify from a ‘difficult’ Group A of the 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup, which has three former African champions.
Enyimba, winners of the CAF Champions League in 2003 and 2004, where on Monday placed in Group A of the competition alongside fellow former African champions Entente Setif of Algeria and South African side Orlando Pirates, as well as, Libyan outfit Al Ahly Benghazi, in what many have described as the ‘group of death’.
In an exclusive chat with www.busybuddiesng.com after the draws, which took place at CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, the Enyimba skipper said the team is excited with the draw, adding that they have the quality to make it out of the group.
“I think we are happy about the group, we want to be in a group where champions are, so that when we qualify, the world will celebrate us,” the 25-year-old former Kwara United and FC IfeanyiUbah midfielder said.
“I think we have a very good squad, like I will always say, that can put up a good fight to see that we qualify to the quarter-finals.
“The group is a difficult one, but I believe we are going to scale through, because we are in a top form. We are doing very well right now, the squad is good and we have very young and talented players, who want to make name for themselves, like I always say. And it is not going to be too difficult for us.
“I think by the grace of God, we are going to scale through in that group.”
Enyimba reached the semi-finals and the last 8 of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2018 and 2020 respectively, but Oladapo believes the record 8-time NPFL winners have what it takes to go a step better this time, adding that they are going to do ‘wonders’ in the competition this season.
“I think with the kind of team we have now, we can go beyond the quarter-finals, we can go beyond the semi-finals, we can get to the final,” a confident Oladapo stated.
“If we keep believing and keep working hard, I think all things are possible for us in the CAF Confederation Cup this season.
“But for now, we are going to take it one game at a time as it comes, until we get to the stage where God is taking us to.
“But I believe that this season in the Confederation Cup, we are going to do wonders.”
Fatai Osho’s men will open their campaign in the group stage of the competition with a home tie against Al Ahly Benghazi on 10th March, 2021, before facing Orlando Pirates and Entente Setif.