Enyimba goalscoring hero Victor Mbaoma has cautioned against complacency, saying the Aba Elephants still have plenty to play for despite picking up an excellent win at Rahimo in the first leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round on Sunday.
Mbaoma came off the bench in the second half to score the game’s only goal in the 63rd minute and put Enyimba in control of the tie.
It was a reversal in fortunes for both teams who met at this same stage last year with Rahimo winning 1-0 before Enyimba destroyed the Burkina Faso team 5-0 in the return leg in Aba.
While many see the victory as Enyimba hosed and dry and all but through to the next round, Mbaoma cautions the tie is far from over and says the Aba side must must complete the job in the second leg.
The 24-year-old striker, who scored four goals as Enyimba reached the quarterfinals of the Confederation Cup last season, said the quality displayed by Rahimo in the first leg shows they must not be taken lightly ahead of the return leg next Sunday.
“I give God all the glory. I really have to say it was a difficult game, because those guys really came out smoking. But we just have to give God thanks that I was able to make the difference in the scoreline, because God actually made it possible,” Mbaoma said about the win and his role in it.
“It’s not over yet, I have to be honest, those guys are a very good team, it’s not over yet, we just have to wrap things up in our home on Sunday next week.
“So we just hope that the same God who gave us this day will as well do the same for us on Sunday, and we give God all the glory for this victory, we are really happy about it.”
Enyimba welcome Rahimo in the return leg on Sunday, 6 December at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba.