No Nigerian clubs have won the CAF Confederations Club since the competition underwent rebranding 17 years ago, and Enyimba is set out on a mission to accomplish this task.
Nigeria’s most successful on the continent but needs to get out of their group which comprise Ahly Benghazi, Es Setif and Orlando Pirates first before they can dream of recording another first for Nigeria on the continent after 2003 and 2004 back to back historic Champions League triumphs.
After three games, the Aba Elephants secured six maximum points at home against Ahly Bengazi ( 2-1) and Es Setif (2-1) to stay on top of Group A after losing the only away game played so far against Orlando Pirates of South Africa by 2-1.
The second phase of the group begins on Sunday, and Enyimba is on the road again, this time against ES Setif a team faced with elimination if they failed to defeat Enyimba at the Stade Mai 8, 1954 Stadium on Sunday night.
This makes the game a dicey game for Enyimba as a defeat may throw their campaign off balance with Orlando Pirates and Ahly Bengazi breathing down their neck on Five and Four points respectively.
Enyimba needs a minimum of one point in Algiers as it put them on a stead qualifying for the next round and increase their confidence in chasing another point on the road in their next game against Bengazi in Tripoli, another side that will need a win more desperate than ES Setif of which Enyimba might need to avoid defeat after which they will return to Aba on Matchday six against Orlando Pirates in a potential win or burst match.
No doubt, the next three games are potential banana skin for Enyimba, they need a minimum of five points to qualify which can be obtained by winning at least 2 out of their last 3 games or play 2 draws and win one.
Either way, it’s a tough road for Enyimba considering their poor away form so far in the competition as they have lost all their away games thus far, the Fatai Osho led boys need to improve on their away form if they are qualify from the group as 10 points may not be enough and the improvement should start this Sunday in Algiers by 8pm.
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