Enyimba’s Stanley Dimgba has emphasised that they have moved on from their home loss to Raja Casablanca in the Caf Confederation Cup campaign and that they are focused on their Sunday’s Federation Cup tie against Kano Pillars.
The People’s Elephant walk a tightrope in Africa’s second-tier club competition after Abdehalid Hafidi’s goal handed the initiatives to the Moroccans ahead of the return leg in Casablanca on October 24.
But Dimgba who missed a penalty kick and a chance to level up proceedings for Enyimba in the first leg encounter has revealed that they have temporarily shifted their attention away from the Caf Confederation Cup and are in high spirits ahead of their must-win Federation Cup quarter-final clash against Sai Masu Gida.
He said with the end of the Federation Cup in sight it is just natural for them to do everything possible to ensure that they win the competition and earn the ticket to the Caf Confederation Cup competition next season irrespective of their participation in the same competition this season.
“It was so painful that we had to lose the way we did against Raja. We gave all and I must admit that it has not been the best of time for me because of the penalty kick I missed that could have made the game ends in a respectable draw,” Dimgba told Goal.
“We have temporarily shifted our attention to the Federation Cup because the second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup is just about some weeks away. We need to be focused on that because if we have able to win the next three matches we are through to the next edition of the Caf Confederation Cup.
“We have embarked on another long road trip to Gombe and we are there to give a good account of ourselves and grab the ticket to the semi-final that will take us closer to one of our aspirations this season. Kano Pillars are a good side but they can’t stop us from picking a semi-final ticket.” The former Warri Wolves and Sunshine Stars striker nonetheless apologized to his teammates, the management and the fans of Enyimba for his missed penalty kick that denied them the equaliser against Raja at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba on Wednesday.
He stressed that he wanted to do everything to deceive the Moroccan club goalkeeper so that it would be easier for him to score but that he never knew the spot kick would turn out the way it did.
“I really regretted the penalty kick I missed and I became so dejected after the game. It kept on ringing in my head what the result could have been had I converted that spot kick,” he continued.
“I have learned my lesson and I hope to do something different if I have such opportunity again in the future. We shall go to Casablanca full of confidence that we can turn the tide in our favour.”