Port Harcourt - Nigeria’s representative in this year’s CAF
Champions League Enyimba will play their last game of the group stage of the
competition when they host South African Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi
It won’t be a game that will lift the waters and excite the
nerves. Far from it. It will be a dead rubber game considering Enyimba’s
results from Group B.
The ‘Peoples Elephant’ have had a campaign to forget. They
are yet to win a game and sit bottom of a group that has Sundowns, Zamalek and
Algerian side Entente Setif who were later disqualified.
The Aba side were going to have it tough from the beginning
of the competition having to move from the ‘hallowed’ Aba International
Stadium-slaughter ground many African clubs to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium
in Port-Harcourt, 56 kilometres from Aba.
That showed as they lost their first game 1-0 to Zamalek at
their adopted home ground despite outplaying the Egyptians for majority of the
Successive losses to Sundowns and Zamalek meant Enyimba will
no longer take part in this year’s competition bowing out in the group stage
with a game to spare.
Enyimba’s journey so far
Enyimba 0 Zamalek 1
Sundowns 2 Enyimba 1
Zamalek 1 Enyimba 0
*Entente Setif disqualified and all results against it null
Also read: Zamalek throws Enyimba out of CAF Champions League
Table into last match day
1. Sundowns P3 W3 L0 D0 GF5 GA2 GD+3 PTS9
2. Zamalek P4 W2 L2 D0 GF3 GA3 GD0 PTS6
3. Enyimba P3 W0 L3 D0 GF1 GA4 GD-3 PTS0
4. Entente Setif -Disqualified.
Sundowns, who are already through to the knock-out stage,
are group winners with a game to spare and it will be left to see how coach
Pitso Mosimane lines up his team on Tuesday against Enyimba.
The ‘Brazilians will be without influential captain Keegan Dolly
who just returned from the Olympic Games and is likely to be rested.
Despite being a dead rubber game, Enyimba will want to go
out with a bang. With no wins and just a goal after 3 matches, they will look
to grab Sundowns scalp to ‘put some respect’ to their name.
Coach Paul Aigbogun will look to avoid a repeat of what
transpired in Tshwane when the two sides met earlier in the month. Despite
Enyimba’s loss, they also played well against Sundowns with Dare Ojo’s rasping
30-yard drive the major highlight of the game.
Aigbogun will hope for such a performance against but with
goals to count this time out. The players have already sounded out the battle
cry as the game approaches.
Midfielder Nzube Anaezemba, a prominent figure is this
year’s failed Champions League campaign says his side hope to flourish against
Sundowns on Tuesday.
"Winning tomorrow (Tuesday) will help our belief.
There's nothing at stake except our pride but remember we have our own League
matches here to play,”he told supersport.com
“We just have to win the game because the more you win
games, the more it helps your confidence as a team. Enyimba wins trophies every
season and a win tomorrow will boost us for our remaining games".
Anaezemba and his team-mates sound confident. Hopefully,
Enyimba will nick their first win of the competition and put a smile on the
faces of the fans.For
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