Caretaker coach of Enyimba Usman Abd’Allah says the People’s Elephant are now condemned to beat Congolese side CARA Brazzaville in their last group game of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup in order to secure a quarterfinal ticket in the competition.
Enyimba needed a late penalty converted by Ghanaian Farouk Mohammed to overcome Malian giants, Djoliba 1-0 on Sunday night in Bamako, and boosted their chances of advancing to the business end of the competition. The win took the 2-time African Champions to second in Group C on 9pts (-1), same as leaders, CARA who have a superior goal difference (+3).
The 7-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) winners will battle CARA in Nigeria on 29 August knowing that anything short of victory could see them exit at the group stage, as Williamsville of Cote d’Ivoire (on 7pts) host already eliminated Djoliba (on 4pts) same day.
“As I said earlier, ‘we are coming here to win. We have to win this match to place ourselves in a good position.’ And we got the result. We are happy,” Abd’Allah, said after his side’s hard-fought win against Djoliba.
“But it is not over yet. Now, we are three (Enyimba, CARA and Williamsville) that are contesting, meaning Djoliba is out. So, we have to win at home (against CARA).
Abd’Allah added that the club’s objective remains to qualify for the last 8 of the competition irrespective of how it is done.
“As I said, the whole idea is just to qualify for quarter finals. ‘How do we qualify?’ It doesn’t matter. We just have to see ourselves in that quarter finals.
“And with the support of Nigerians and the fans of Enyimba, you can see the positive attitude is coming, and the players will always pay back.”