The People's Elephant are not throwing in the towel yet and hope of advancing on the continental stage despite crashing at home to their Malian opponents
Enyimba striker Kingsley Sokari is viewing Saturday's CAF Champions League return leg match against AS Real Bamako as must-win for his team if they are to progress into the next round of the competition.
Nigeria's remaining CAF Champions League representatives suffered an unexpected 2-1defeat at home in Aba to AS Real Bamako last week.
Sokari expressed regrets that they lost to the Malian team at home but said there is equal possibility for them to beat their opponents in Bamako.
“The defeat was a big shock to us. We never believed that they would be able to come to Aba and score a goal not to talk of defeating us. But that is football and we have learnt our lessons,” Sokari told Goal.
“Enyimba are a good side with tradition and we know how to navigate our way out of trouble. We have that history and we are going to Bamako to prove that.
“It is never in our calculation that we will be knocked out at this stage and we will not allow that to happen,” he assured.
The People's Elephant must have to be at their best to upturn the deficit at Stade Omnisports Modibo Keïta in Bamako for any chance of progressing into the next round of the CAF Champions League.