Ahead of this past Friday’s first leg of the CAF Champions League against the Ugandan Vipers, Enyimba coach, Paul Aigbogun reiterated that the team is fully prepared to pick appreciable points at the Nakivubo stadium.
Enyimba FC arrived on Wednesday and enjoyed a good feel of the Ugandan capital and training in Buziga, a suburb in Kampala on Wednesday and at the match venue on Thursday, according to supersport.com.
The Nigerian Glo Premier League champions and two time CAF winners know that a perfect result would kick-start the team’s campaign at the continental level having failed to qualify to the money spinning stages in the previous edition.
Aigbogun says he’s not losing sleep over the encounter but advises his players to remain focused.
“One thing I’d say is that we are going to give 100 percent,” he said. “It’s a CAF Champions League game and it’s big, but I believe by God’s grace we will come out with a result that will make everyone happy.”
He said he wasn’t under pressure going into his first competitive game with the two-time African champions. “I’m not bothered, I am not under pressure. Given the time scale, we prepared as best as we could for the game. We are focused and we will go out on Friday and give everything we’ve got.
“It may be my first competitive game with the team but it’s not an issue. This is a club very experienced on the continent and a lot of the players here have been in big games, so there’s no issue.”
Reacting to suggestions in the Ugandan press that the Vipers were plotting a major upset for their more fancied opponents, Aigbogun said: “It’s more important what we do than what the other team is saying. I’m not reading about what’s coming from the camp of the opponents. It’s what we do here that matters. My focus is on our team and a good result, nothing more.”
Unfortunately, Enyimba lost the game 1 – 0, despite many opportunities to sink a goal into the back of the net. 20-year-old Ugandan midfielder Erisa Sekisambu scored the Vipers goal that won the match.
In a statement written on Enyimba FC’s official twitter page Coach Paul says “We should not have lost this game. We had enough chances to win. I believe we will advance to the next round”.