CAFCC: Ojigwe Calls For Improved Enyimba Ahead Of Ittihad Return Leg (AUDIO)

Abia State Commissioner for Sports Karibe Ojigwe has called on Enyimba coach Finidi George to work on his team’s finishing ahead of the return fixture against Libyan outfit Al Ittihad in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Enyimba ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against the Libyans in Aba on Sunday, thanks to first half goals from Sadiq Abubakar and Victor Mbaoma, in a game they utterly dominated but failed to convert many scoring opportunities.

The two-time African champions are waiting on CAF to decide the date and venue of the second leg (originally first leg) against Ittihad, which was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions a week ago.

Reacting to Sunday’s win in Aba, the former Super Eagles midfielder, who played for Enyimba from 1993 to 1995, charged the People’s Elephant to be more clinical in front of goal in order to stand a good chance of reaching the group stage.

“What we can take home today (Sunday) is the fact that we’ve just won a game,” the former Bayer Leverkusen player told journalists in Aba. “But Finidi (George) being a very good coach, has a lot of practicing to do with his boys.

“We scored only two goals today (Sunday), and the game away wouldn’t be this easy. We have to practice goal scoring because that’s the only way we can get to the next round (group stage).”

The 44-year-old former Borussia Monchengladbach star also called for improvement in the team’s fitness, adding that Enyimba have the potential to win the CAF Confederation Cup this season – a feat no Nigerian team has been able to achieve.

“I’m pretty sure he (Finidi George) may have seen how well we’ve done today,” he said. “He has to work a lot on our fitness too, so that whatever may come our way; if the second leg might come or not.

“But if it doesn’t, then we have to work pretty hard to make sure….we ought to win this cup, we have the potential.”

Semi-finalists in 2018, Enyimba have reached the quarter-finals of the competition in the past two seasons.