Enyimba’s Stanley Dimgba thumbs up resilient Williamsville

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The People’s Elephant’s striker has showered encomiums on the Ivoriens despite their defeat in Port Harcourt

Enyimba’ s Stanley Dimgba has praised the resilience of Williamsville AC of Cote d’Ivoire, a team they narrowly edged 1-0 in a Caf Confederation Cup tie last week in Port Harcourt.

An early goal from Ibrahim Mustapha took the People’s Elephant past the Ivoriens to jump to the top of Group C with six points from three matches.

Despite the win, Dimgba reserved good words for the performance of Koffi Kablan’s men who stretched them to the limit throughout the encounter and only let in a goal.

“It was a game we had to give everything we had before we could get a win,” Dimgba told Goal.

“It was a very tough game and I must praise the effort of our opponents despite conceding an early goal. They regrouped almost immediately and were not afraid to take risks. They were close to equalizing but we were unrelenting.

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“We knew we needed the maximum points to stay in touch for a place in the quarter-final. It was a victory we had to work for and we were all delighted that we got our wish.

"We didn’t know much about them before the game but what the way they played against us showed that we cannot take them lightly when we visit Abidjan next week. We must take a proper look at the game again and ensure we are able to spot their errors.”

Enyimba will face the same Ivorien side this weekend in Abidjan as the second tier African club competition enters its fourth round of matches.

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