Despite having to deal with fixture congestion, Enyimba’s Usman Abdallah has reassured that the People’s Elephant will be ready for Raja Casablanca in the first leg of their Caf Confederation Cup semi-final encounter in Aba on Wednesday.
The People’s Elephant will be playing their fifth game in the last 10 days when they file out against the Moroccans, but the tactician has calmed down fears.
“We played against Rayon Sports on Sunday and left for Gombe the following day for the Federation Cup group stage games. We got to there on Tuesday and started our games on Wednesday where we played three games under three days,” Abdallah told Goal.
“We were able to return back to Aba on Sunday from Gombe and we have had some training sessions to keep us in shape for Raja. It is commendable that we achieved our objective of topping the group in Gombe. We are also grateful that we didn’t suffer any injury besides some knocks to some of the players with football being a contact sport.
“These knocks are not enough to rule them out of the game. I was able to rotate the squad with the objective of having the required players that can prosecute the Caf Confederation Cup game. We do not want to jeopardize our chances in the Federation Cup and neither are we forfeiting our opportunities in the Caf Confederation Cup.”
The former Kano Pillars coach, however, urged his players not to accord too much respect to the Moroccans and he reminded them that they would be in a vantage position ahead of the second leg if they are able to win the first leg well.
“We have told the players what they must do to ensure that we do not go into the second leg with too many permutations on what we must do to qualify. We have our chance now before our fans and we must use it very well,” he continued.
“We have our objective in this competition and it is to win it. If we want to that to be possible, we must win well at home so that we will put ourselves in a good position to approach the second leg without much stress.
“We must start the game very well and ensure that we put our visitors under immense pressure from the beginning to the end. We can’t afford to joke with this chance that we have.”