It doesn’t come any bigger than this. High profile games against the very best of oppositions (at this level) this is the sort of games footballers crave. No disrespect to Rangers and Kano Pillars and Heartland, but when players sign for Enyimba, it is such games that they have in mind signing up.
Today we line up against Etoile du Sahel, one of the better teams in the Continent. They are currently the Confederations Cup holders aren’t they? And here they are, standing in the way of our advancement Into the group stages.
It’s difficult to look at this game ignoring the surrounding premises, one of which is the fact that we are playing at a home far away from home. It’s a real shame that this tie would be played behind the backs of our fans back home in Aba. You can’t help but note that a jam-packed Enyimba Stadium would have done our cause some good.
Their contingent arrived Friday night and yesterday they had a feel of the Adokiye Amiesimaka surface in preparation for tonight.
We do come onto some little bit of history with them, you would have seen that if you followed the blog all week but tonight, we have a blank sheet and an opportunity to knock a good first blow.
We are underdogs for this tie if we are honest with ourselves and I think we’re all realistic enough to know how hard it’s going to be but with hard work, 100% concentration, (and well lemme sound Nigerian) some little bit of luck over the two legs, we have a decent chance of going through.
In playing personnel, we have a nearly fully fit squad except Stephen Chukwude who admitted how gutted he is missing out this tie. That possibly means Abu Azeez plays in his stead. Overall I think our starting XI wouldn’t be too far away from the eleven against Rangers or Shooting Stars.
I’m not sure what would happen this evening and such is the beauty of football but if you can’t allow yourself to hope just a little, then what’s the point?
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All the best to the lads.
Back tomorrow with good news, Amen somebody?