Enyimba stars Sunday Adetunji and Austin Oladapo insist the team can’t afford to let a CAF Coneferation Cup semifinal berth slip through their fingers at home after battling to a barren draw against Rayon Sports in their first leg quarterfinal clash in Kigali on Sunday.
Two-time African champions Enyimba (2003, 2004) face a tricky test against Rayon in the return leg in Aba on Sunday, as the need victory to advance to the next stage, while a score draw will see the Rwandese side through to the last four.
Rayon coach Roberto Oliveira warned Enyimba after the Kigali clash to expect a tough fight for the ticket to the semis in Aba.
“We will push to score goals and win the game, and we have proved we can score and win matches on foreign soil,” Oliveira told the Rwanda Football Federation’s official website.
“I have confidence in my players, and the coaching staff. We want to register further history and we will do all we can to achieve it. Thankfully, we didn’t concede on Sunday.”
But Enyimba forward Adetunji downplayed the threat posed by Gikundiro to his team’s title hopes in the second-tier African competition, vowing they would run out winners at Enyimba Stadium.
“We had a good game in Kigali and did very well to deserve a win but the draw is not a bad result for us,” Goal quoted the striker as saying on Tuesday.
“No doubt Rayon Sports gave us a great fight. We’ve played and have seen them and I believe that we know their strategies, weak points and strengths.
“We must improve on our performance and make sure we get the job done in Aba. We will be out to prove our worth.
“The fighting spirit is quite high in camp and I believe we can make it the semifinals. For now, our focus is on qualifying to the next round of the Federation Cup.”
Although midfielder Oladapo is tipping his side to go through, he warned his teammates not to take victory for granted at home.
“It was nice leaving Kigali without conceding a goal but we have only done half of the job and must still play our best game to get the needed result that will take us to the semifinals,” Oladapo told Goal.
“We gave everything we had to the game in Kigali and we must give even more at home.”