It is an advantage for Enyimba in their CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie with Al Ittihad SC following a 2-0 win at the Enyimba Stadium on Sunday 05 December.
Sadiq Abubakar and Victor Mbaoma scored the goals that gave Finidi George’s the win in the second leg. The second leg proceeded after the first leg was postponed because Enyimba were denied entry in Tunisia to link to Libya, where they were scheduled to play Al Ittihad on 28 November.
The postponement of the first leg meant the Nigerians could have an advantage if they won the second leg at home, and they did exactly that. The People’s Elephant controlled the match against Al Ittihad, being dominant in all areas of the game. They could have even got more goals but were denied by the goal post after an excellent strike by Orok Gabriel.
Enyimba’s win did not go unnoticed. According to reports in the Nigerian press, Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, rewarded Enyimba FC with N1m following the victory over Al Ittihad.
The Chairman of Enyimba FC, Chief Felix Anyansi Agwu spoke about the incentive received. “Senator Kalu had promised to reward the team with N1m for a win, and following Sunday’s result, has duly fulfilled the pledge,” said Agwu.
We are very thankful to the former Governor for remembering Enyimba at this crucial stage. Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is a man whose love for football has never been in doubt, which is why he is a Pillar of Sports in Africa. His gift is a big boost to the players.”
“This singular act has gone to underline the truth that football is an important tool for bringing people together, and it is our sincere hope to continuously achieve results that will bring smiles to the faces of our people,” Agwu said.
The cash injection from the politician and businessman and the recent sponsorship deal with 10bet Africa will help Enyimba to compete in the league and CAF Confed Cup.
A 2-0 goal lead in a CAF Confed Cup is very precious; Enyimba knows they have something to defend when they play the first leg in Libya.
Africa’s football mother body has confirmed that the first leg will be played on the weekend of December 17, 18 and 19 in Benghazy, Libya.
The reverse encounter with Al Ittihad is set to clash with the opening day of the Nigerian Professional Football League, Enyimba, on Friday 17 December have a home game with Abia Warriors and the league will try to meet Enyimba halfway and reschedule their match.
Nigeria’s representative needs to make it to the group stages. At this moment, Enyimba will focus their attention on progressing to the group stages and try to go all the way to the final and secure their first CAF Confed Cup title.
They will need the whole country’s support when they play the first leg against Al Ittihad. It will be a match that will be hard-fought. With the advantage on their side, Enyimba has every reason to be confident of defeating the Libyan team.
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