Enyimba of Aba coach, Usman Abdallah has declared that his lads will not relax nor rest on their oars, following last weekend’s 2-0 victory over visiting TS Galaxy of South Africa in the CAF Confederations Cup, as he says they need to be cautious heading into the second leg.
While taking delight in The People’s Elephant making the best of home advantage to carry the day, Abdallah disclosed that he and his assistants will watch the match on playback, in order to get the right tactics for the away tie.
He added during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that he and his crew members now have a better understanding of the previously unsung second division side from The Rainbow Nation, hence his confidence that Enyimba will not lose out in the reverse fixture.
The soft-spoken coach praised his players for putting up what he called an excellent performance at Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, but admitted they have to start preparing immediately for the reverse fixture, in order not to he caught unawares by the ambitious South Africans.
In spite of some intricate play by the South Africans, Enyimba downed the second division side courtesy of a goal in each half from Victor Mbaoma and Martins Usule, but The People’s Elephant could added more had Galaxy’s goalkeeper, Ludwe Mpakumpaku not made a brilliant save ten minutes from time.
While Enyimba romped to a 2-0 win over South Africa’s Nedbank Cup champions in Aba, Rangers International of Enugu lost 2-1 away to Togo’s champions, ASC Kara at Stade de Kegue in Lome, as The Flying Antelopes conceded late in the game to ASC Kara to give up the first leg 1-2 in front of a scanty crowd at the Stade de Kegue.
The hosts went in front in the 28th minute through Sapol Mani but Rangers were rewarded with their impressive play in the 32nd minute when Ifeanyi George converted from the penalty spot after Nnamdi Egbujuo was felled inside the box.
Kara’s captain Richard Nane, who was also the scorer of two goals in Togo’s 4-1 annihilation of Nigeria’s CHAN Eagles, once again scored in stoppage time to seal victory on the day for his side.
Rangers will host Kara in the second leg at Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu this Sunday, while Enyimba travel to Nelson Mandela’s country for their reverse fixture same day at Mbobela Stadium in Nespruit, ahead of which Abdalah says the technical crew are already mapping out strategies for another victory.
Abdallah stated: “The boys were excellent, they played very well, but we are not going to relax before the second leg. The most important thing is that we want to qualify for the group stage, and it is not over yet. We will go back and study the match.
“We have just a week to prepare for the second leg away, and that’s what we will start doing after we take a day off for break. After resting for a day, we will start training and plan how to beat them again. Now that we have seen them, we know how to handle them.,”