Enyimba coach Fatai Osho has set his sight on securing a ‘good result’ in Cairo, when the the 2-time African champions clash with Egyptian side Pyramids in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final showdown.
The People’s Elephants, who reached the semi-finals of the competition in 2018, are guests of last season’s finalists Pyramids on Sunday, with both teams billed to battle again in Aba, a week later in the 2nd leg.
Pyramids finished as runners-up in Group D of the competition, with 4 wins from 6 matches, and are currently placed 4th in the Egyptian Premier League standings, tallying 34 points from 21 matches, though with a game in hand. They have lost just once in 11 away games in the league, winning and drawing 5 matches apiece.
Speaking in Lagos on Friday before the Enyimba delegation departed for Cairo, Osho paid glowing tribute to the Egyptian outfit, whom he described as a ‘formidable side’, admitting the match won’t be an easy one for his side.
“It’s going to be a big match,” the former Remo Stars gaffer said. “Everybody knows that Pyramids Football Club have really established themselves overtime at the level of the continent and they are a formidable side, any day, anytime.
“We know what we are against. It’s not really going to be an easy fixture like that. It’s going to be a really, really big job for us to do. The players are quite aware of this. We’ve talked all over it; the need for us to come out to be on the ascendancy, because we are talking of a team that out of the last 11 away games, they’ve won 10 of it.
“So, you’ve got to get a good result at their home to actually fancy your chances, and it’s important we go to Cairo and get a very good result.”
Under the watch of Osho, Group A winners Enyimba reached the quarter-finals of the competition last year, losing to Guinean outfit Horoya AC over two legs.
Full CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals fixtures:
(Sunday 16 May 2021)
13:00 Orlando Pirates (South Africa) vs Raja (Morocco)
13:00 Coton Sport (Cameroon) vs Jaraaf (Senegal)
16:00 CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) vs JS Kabylie (Algeria)
16:00 Pyramids (Egypt) vs Enyimba (Nigeria)