Rayon Sports' Roberto Oliveira has stressed that his side has achieved their objective in the 2018 Caf Confederation Cup despite their 5-1 humiliating loss to Enyimba in the return leg of the quarter-final fixture in Aba.
The Rwandan side held the People’s Elephant to a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Kigali but they were blown apart at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba through goals from Stanley Dimgba, Ikouwem Udotin, Sunday Adetunji, Joseph Osadiaye and Isiaka Oladuntoye, while Bonfilscaleb Bimenyimana’s strike was a mere consolation.
The Brazilian coach had boasted before the game that they would shock Enyimba and pick the semi-final ticket but a crestfallen Oliveira was calm after the game and he admitted the superiority of their opponents while blaming their defeat on their naivety in the competition.
He praised his players for braving the odds to get to the quarter-final stage of the second tier Africa’s club competition despite having only three months to assemble and prepare the team and he says he sees their bright future if they are able to keep the core of the present squad.
“I will say we have got to the end of the road and I am proud of the performance of my players for getting to this stage within such short notice is a commendable outing for me,” Oliveria told the media.
“I am not ashamed to say that we only had three months to put the team together having started from the scratch when I joined the team. We will build on the performance this year and use it as our measuring standards ahead of future competitions.
“We knew that Enyimba are a strong side and the objective was to give a good account of ourselves after we were unable to get the needed goals in the first leg. We played a good game in Kigali but my players were unable to convert the chances that came their way. I am happy that we were able to achieve our objective which is to get to the quarter-final stage.”