Football: Enyimba Trash Ahli Benghaziday In Group Stage Opener
Two times African champions Enyimba Fc of Aba, Trash Ahli Benghaziday. As they continue their quest for continental glory against battle Libyan side Ahli Benghazi in their opening Group A match at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba on Wednesday.
Enyimba qualified for the group stage of the CAF second tier club competition after seeing off fellow Nigerian side Rivers United on penalties in the preliminary stage.
They are paired in Group A alongside South African side Orlando Pirates, Algeria’s ES Setif and Ahli.
Speaking with reporters on what to expect from the game, Enyimba coach, Fatai Osho, said his side were hoping to begin the group stage of the competition on a winning note.
“This is not new to us, Enyimba are used to this level of competition. What is important now is for us to start very well. We are playing against a formidable side in Ahli Benghazi, they have been in the continent for some time now and they are here in the group stage. So, that tells a lot of experience on their part. We are going to approach the tie with all caution, we know it’s not going to be easy, we have to work very hard, our players have to up their game and start very well.
“It is quite important that in every competition, you start very well. From there, you can start looking at what is obtainable,” Osho told newsmen.
Midfielder Cyril Olisema told the club’s website, “It is going to be a vital game for us since it is the first group match. I think if you want to start good in any competition you have to win your first match, which will give you a lot of confidence to play the other games.