Despite failing to take a first-leg advantage, Enyimba head coach, Fatai Osho, as well as players Olisema Cyril and Stanley Okorom, has remained optimistic about the team’s chances of overcoming Horoya in Conakry on Sunday to qualify for the semifinal of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Nigeria’s champions, Enyimba, surrendered an early lead to draw 1-1 with Horoya, who now hold an advantage heading into the return fixture of the last eight tie at the Stade du 28 Septembre.
The People’s Elephant must avoid defeat and score to remain in the competition and stand the chance of becoming the first Nigerian team to claim the title.
The Enyimba gaffer Osho is, however, drawing confidence from his side’s sides away form, which has seen them win three of the last four in all competitions.
He told CAFONLINE, “We stand a very good chance like I said earlier. The last time we were on an away ground we scored five goals and you want to look at that team and believe they can do it anywhere.
“This is a CAF competition where you have superb officiating, so there is absolutely nothing to worry about. We still fancy our chances. I know they would like to come at us. We would be ready to really give a fight.
“We just want to see how many of those players will be hundred percent because we are now thinking of taking players who are hundred percent to that particular match so that they can play to their potentials.”
Olisema Cyril also added that the game is still open for every team in the last 8
“What happened at home wasn’t the best result for us, we know that and we have also learnt our lesson with that too. I strongly believe we will turn the table in Guinea.
“I think we missed it in the first match, we did not play well . We lost our playing pattern and allowed the opponents to come hard on us.
If we want to play on Sunday in their home in Conakry, we have to stick to our pattern.
“The game is still open for everyone. We are good at away. If you look at our away history, we are very comfortable.” Olisema said.
STANLEY OKOROM: WE MUST ADD MORE EFFORT
“We need to add more effort on Sunday. The team (Horoya) is not a small team so we need to wake up and add more effort and put more bite in the match.
“The few days we trained we know that the team spirit is very high. There is no panic.
“I believe in our team, I believe the players and I believe the team spirit. I don’t see the game that we are out. It’s not all over”
Meanwhile Sunday’s fixture in Conakry will represent the second time Enyimba would be away to Guinean opponents, with the previous encounter being a 5-2 comeback win against Satellite FC in the 2003 CAF Champions League.
Kickoff time for the game is 4 pm local time, which is 5 pm in Nigeria.