Enyimba forward Wasiu Alalade has expressed his disappointment after the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) giants suffered a demoralising 2-0 loss to Ivorian side Williamsville in their Matchday 4 clash in Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC).
Jean-Willy Kouassi and Guy Yameogo scored either side of halftime to hand the hosts an important victory against their Nigerian opposition.
The result catapulted Williamsville from second to first place as they replace former leaders Enyimba who drop out of the knockout stage qualification places to third spot.
Flying Eagles star Alalade spoke about the loss in a chat with Goal.
He said: “I felt disappointed that we lost such an important game to Williamsville in Abidjan.”
“This was not what we anticipated coming here from Nigeria. We prepared for the match and hoped that we could get a least a draw to boost our chances but things didn’t turn out in our favour.
“We started well but lost concentration at some points and could not still our game plan. That’s football. We must put this loss behind us and look ahead for our next match in Bamako.
“I believe we can still make it out of the group stage if we put in everything against Djoliba. It is an important match and crucial in our quest to qualify. We will go back home to prepare better for the match.” He concluded.
Wasiu Alalade and his Enyimba teammates would be hoping to bounce back from the aforementioned defeat on Matchday 5 when they travel to Bamako to take on Group C’s bottom-placed team, AC Djoliba at the Stade du 26 Mars on August 19.
Williamsville lead the group standings with 7 points ahead of Congolese side Cara Brazzaville (6 points), Enyimba (6 points) and AC Djoliba (4 points) ahead of the next set of Group C games.
Only the top two teams will qualify for the quarterfinals.