The People’s Elephant could not make their early domination count in Abidjan against the competition’s debutants who thrashed them 2-0 after a goal in each half.
Garba, who was a former player of Enyimba noted that the way the defeat came in Abidjan could be demoralising but that they must not allow the loss to hinder their chances of seeking a place in the quarter-final of the second-tier club competition.
The ex-midfielder said that with Nigeria set to present a team each in the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederation Cup in the 2019 edition of the competitions, it is important for Enyimba not to crash out in the group stage.
“It was a loss we never expected because Enyimba is a bigger and better brand to Williamsville who are just taking part in Africa’s club competition for the first time in their history,” Garba told Goal.
“When I was still actively playing Enyimba do not lose game anyhow. I know the trend has changed with most of our best players now overseas bound as soon as they impress in just a season.
“I watched the video of the two goals Enyimba conceded and I must admit that the team started the game very well but those goals were as a result of a loss of concentration. I don’t see the team as a bad side. I still believe they have what it takes to qualify for the next round."
“They must qualify to put doubters to shame and to restore our pride. I was told we shall be presenting only a team each in both competitions next year and Enyimba must at least avoid an exit in the group stage to improve our rankings," he continued.
“It is not a lost cause yet because they still have two important matches to remedy the situation.,” Garba further added.
“They must go to Mali with the confidence that they can do it. They need a positive result there before coming back home to face CARA. They must forget about the loss in Abidjan and think of what they must do to destabilise Djoliba in Bamako.”
Enyimba are third in Group C with six points from four matches and they will face Djoliba in Bamako on August 19.