The People’s Elephant left Aba for Lagos on Sunday to prepare their minds ahead of the 5 am Monday morning flight to Casablanca and head coach, Usman Abdallah said that they are leaving with a point to prove against the Moroccans on at mid-week.
Abdallah stressed that he and players are optimistic of a good result that will be enough for a ticket to the final and that they have prepared very well for the return leg with emphasis on proving their critics wrong at the end of the mid-week tango.
“We have arrived Lagos and we have settled down at our usual hotel close to the Airport because we are leaving for Morocco by 5 am,” Abdallah told Goal.
“We are going to head to the Airport by 3 am in preparation for our leaving two hours later. We have prepared very well for this and it is our conviction that we are going to Casablanca to win and qualify for the final. We have prepared very well for the game and are hopeful of a good result.
“We have picked the best set of players among the ones we have and we are looking forward to a good result. We know that our critics have written us off but we know our potentials and we are willing to give everything for this encounter.”
The People’s Elephant were in almost similar circumstances in 2004 in the Caf Champions League second round tie against Petro Atletico of Angola. They were held to a 1-1 draw in Aba but they surprised the Angolan club 2-1 in Luanda in the second leg tie.