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Enyimba build-up for Djoliba on course, says Stanley Dimgba

17:43 IST 13/08/2018
Stanley Dimgba, Omololu Waheed
The People’s Elephant’s striker is of the view that their preparations for the win or burst encounter in Bamako are in top gear

Enyimba’s Stanley Dimgba believes that their preparations for the weekend Caf Confederation Cup group stage tie with Djoliba of Mali are on course after they pummelled their feeder team 4-1 on Sunday in a friendly tie.

Goals from Dimgba, Sunday Adetunji, Mfon Udoh and Wasiu Alalade ensured that the People’s Elephant steamrolled over their feeder team and Dimgba who opened his side account of goals thumbed up their performance.

He warned that irrespective of the emphatic win they must still continue to work harder noting that their next game in the Caf Confederation Cup in Bamako will go a long way in defining their season.

“It was a good game and I will say we were all happy that we began our return to Aba with a good win,” Dimgba told Goal.

“I must admit that our feeder team players are also a very strong side. They impressed me with the way they played. We didn’t find it easy but we were able to get the desired result.

“Honestly, it wasn’t about the result. We wanted to see the level of our preparations. We have been training all these while and the game has helped us to know areas we must improve and the ones we have been doing well.

“The game was an eye-opener for us. We still have a lot to catch up with before we are going to travel. We need at least one friendly match more to actually put us in the right mood and frame of mind ahead of the game."

The former Warri Wolves and Sunshine striker further urged his teammates to see the game in Bamako against Djoliba as a must win as anything other than a positive result against Djoliba could jolt their further participation in the second tier club competition.

“We have a game that will say a lot about our season in Bamako. I know that we can hold our own against any team and we are going to do that against Djoliba,” he continued.

“We can change the tone of our season with a good performance in Bamako. It won’t be an easy outing but I believe with more hard work we can achieve our target.

“We already have that edge against them having beaten them when they visited Calabar. We will go with utmost confidence that we have what it takes to beat them. The game will tell if we are going to remain in the competition and we do not want to go out yet.”