CAF League: Anyansi Warns Players Against Complacency
Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Enyimba FC chairman, has warned his players and technical crew that in spite of a 3-0 first leg win over Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia, much work still has to be done to pick the lucrative group stage ticket.
“We are happy that we won the first leg but the job is not done yet. We still have 90 minutes to battle out in Sousse (Tunisia) for the ticket. We are not celebrating just yet until we return from Tunisia,” Anyansi told Cafonline.com.
“Football is very unpredictable so we are going to approach the second leg as if it is a final. Who says we can’t concede three goals if we fail to prepare adequately. We are going to work round them and be one of the teams in the group stage of the competition,” he added.
Also Christian Chukwu, former Super Eagles coach, has charged the team to guide against complacency.
The Enugu Rangers Technical Consultant said on Tuesday that it was a good development that the Aba side won the first leg 3-0, but that the group ticket was still open for grab.
Against this backdrop Chukwu said, “This is the crucial stage of the game which takes the winner to the lucrative group stage. So, Enyimba must not lose sleep because of the victory at home. Football game ends at the blast of the final whistle.”
Chukwu advised the technical crew to guide the players on the best approach the game takes as it kicks off.
“The technical crew must be alive to their duties and approach the game the way it comes. They should study the approach of the home team and follow the game in same manner to curtail their maneuvers and that way the game would be easier,” Chukwu explained.
He prayed that Enyimba should reach the next round as this would rekindle Nigeria’s dwindling image at the annual continental championship.
Meanwhile, Enyimba attacking midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu has said that his side will be on the offensive for the maximum points rather than defend their first leg win advantage in Sousse, Tunisia.
“We are not going to defend the 3-0 win in Port Harcourt we will attack with whole lot of caution.
“We are going to approach the encounter in Sousse as if we have not played the first leg, it’s going to be tough given the opponents pedigree but we will get the job well done,” he said.
“Nigerians should sleep with both eyes closed as there is no cause for alarm,” said the Nigerian playmaker to supersport.com.
Enyimba took a giant leap towards appearing at the lucrative group stage of the competition for the first time since 2011 thanks a hat-trick from on-form forward Mfon Udoh.
Enyimba, champions in 2003 and 2004, is the only surviving Nigerian side in the continental club championship and travel to Sousse to face Etoile in the return on Wednesday, 20 April 2016.
The winner qualifies to the group stage of the premier continental club championship with the winner dropping to the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup.