Good morning Guys,
Tonight we line up against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa as we formally end a Champions League campaign that was halted eight days ago in Egypt. It’s been a very weird campaign in that for the first time in memory, we have gone 5 Match Days without any kind of point.
That’s what the tables show and although the unique circumstances with the Group offers some kind of explanation but that error on the first MatchDay and our inability to show our true colors away from home have contributed to this. We also know that despite heavy reinforcements, we just haven’t been good enough so far this season.
It’s a subject Nzube Anaezemba touched on in his interview with SuperSport.com;
“Our performance has not been good at all. Not winning any matches in the group stage and having bad results in so many games, is unlike Enyimba. I can’t even tell exactly what was wrong with us this year. We have a lot of good players. Since I joined the club, we have never had players as good as this current squad so it’s difficult to say exactly what was wrong this season”.
But the gaffer tries to offer some explanation;
“I don’t think other teams were superior than us, even though our group was quite strong and ES Setif expulsion became an issue that affected the balance of the group. When the draws were made, it was a group every team would wanted to avoid. Our games match up with our opponents, we gave a big fight and our performance was brilliant. Unfortunately, for us we didn’t take our chances in the games which has been our problems all season”.
Looking at tonight’s game though, the gaffer says,
“We are terribly hurt that we cannot go any further in the competition even if we beat Sundowns but that will not change the way we will approach the game. It is important that we play a great match and win for the fans because they have stood by us all through the season. Sundowns is a very good team but we must try to win the game because that is the least we owe our numerous supporters,” Aigbogun told supersport.com.
“Will I rest players against Sundowns? Well, you will have to wait until Tuesday to find out. What I can tell you however is that those who will be selected to play are important players who understand that they are not just flying the flag of Enyimba but also that of Nigeria. We want to win on Tuesday and I am very sure we will win”.
But the message for tonight is clear,
“We have to bow out with our heads high in the championship, we need to protect our pride and avoid losing all games at this stage. Our fans are not happy and we need a win to restore the confidence and believe in the squad. We want to win the game and take the positives to the domestic competitions”.
Pretty much understandable and straight to the point. Let’s trust that the team delivers similarly especially against a side unbeaten in the Group stages. This is a side that only progressed because an opponent fielded an eligible player otherwise they were already out of the competition. Tells you a lot about life.
The game is this evening and should available on your world of Champions. We also have Twitter updates via @enyimbaenyi. It’s a dead rubber game but if you’re a fan then you’ll love to watch Enyimba nonetheless.
Interviews by the way were sourced from NaijaFootballPlus and SuperSport.com.