‘We needed to prove a point’ - Oladapo explains Enyimba’s mauling of Rayon Sports

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Following an emphatic win over the Rwandans, the midfielder insists that his side were inspired by the quest to silence their critics

Austin Oladapo says his Enyimba’s side wanted to make a statement after a 5-1 thumping of Rayon Sports in the second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup quarter-final in Aba.

Having ensured a goalless first-leg draw in Kigali, the People Elephants ensured their progression to the semi-final of the competition against the Rwandans with a 5-1 aggregate win on Sunday.

And the midfielder is pleased with his side’s impressive show, while he is upbeat they can overcome Raja Casablanca when they meet in the semi-final stage next month.

“We are really happy with the result and the fact that we managed to score a lot of goals,” Oladapo told Goal.

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“We’ve been criticised about not getting to score goals and it was important that we showed the stuff we’re made of as a team.  It was not just about us winning, but doing that in a commanding and convincing manner scoring five goals.

“Honestly, we really did not do any special than follow the instructions of the coaches to the latter and motivate ourselves to win and show our thirst for more goals. Immediately they scored us in the first half, we came in back more formidable and work hard to take our chances. I’m overwhelmed by this performance which took us to our first semifinal.

“It was a five-star performance from the team. We have done well by showing a very good character. It will definitely motivate us going up against Raja Casablanca. We are not scared at all but more determined than ever to get to the finals and win the competition.”

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