CAFCL: Abd’Allah ‘Confident’ Of Enyimba Progression Despite Home Draw (AUDIO)

Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah has said he is very optimistic the People’s Elephant will progress to the group stage of the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League despite playing out an uninspiring goalless draw at home against Sudanese giants, Al Hilal in the first leg of their first round tie on Sunday.

Two-time champions Enyimba missed a plethora of chances as 10-man Hilal, who had dangerman Nazar Hamid Hassir sent off after just 20 minutes for an off-the-ball incident, put up a great defensive shift to hold their hosts in Aba.

While expressing disappointment with the result, the soft-spoken tactician, who guided Enyimba to a record 8th Nigeria Professional Football League crown last season, expressed confidence his team will advance to the money-spinning stage of the competition.

“I think it is disappointing but this result is good,” Abd’Allah said in the post-match press conference. “It is not expected of us to play a goalless draw here. But all the same, I think the game is neither won nor lost yet.

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“And I am sure I am going to qualify (for the group stage). I am sure I will get out of here, I will qualify.”

In the second leg, Enyimba will be guests of 2-time finalists Al Hilal at their 65, 000-capacity ground in Omdurman in a fortnight, with aggregate winners progressing to the group stage of the competition, while losers will drop down to the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup.