Enyimba Will Survive CAF League Group Stage – Chukwu, Ikhana …Hosts Zamalek June 17 | Independent Newspapers Limited
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Enyimba Will Survive CAF League Group Stage – Chukwu, Ikhana …Hosts Zamalek June 17

Posted: May 25, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor



Christian Chukwu, former Super Eagles head coach, is confident that Nigerian representatives in the 2016 edition of the CAF Champions League Enyimba International FC of Aba, will scale the group stage hurdles.

Chukwu made the statement from Enugu on Tuesday after CAF made the draw, which pits Enyimba against Zamalek of Egypt, ES Setif of Algeria and Sundowns of South Africa in Group B, with the Nigerian champion opening its account against Zamalek in Port Harcourt on June 17.

Expressing his optimism on Enyimba, Chukwu told Independent, “It is a tough group, but I’m very sure Enyimba will survive the group, because the club has the experience in the championship; the other teams in the group will be afraid of Enyimba.”

However, the former Eagles coach was quick to warn, “All the teams have equal chances, so Enyimba must respect the other teams and be focused.”

On his own, Kadiri Ikana, former Shooting Stars of Ibadan handler, who spoke from Abeokuta, corroborated Chukwu, saying, “Enyimba is not new in the CAF Champions League; the experience is there as two-time winners and the management also are equal to the task in terms of the politics of the game.”

Ikhana, however, admonished the technical crew led by Paul Aigbogun to take advantage of the mid season transfer window in the Nigeria Professional League to beef up the team for the completion.

Speaking on the team’s chances, coach of Enyimba, Paul Aigbogun, said other teams in the group should be weary of his side and not the other way round, expressing optimism on the chances of the former champion.

“I am sure the other teams would be worried about Enyimba, not just us being worried about them.

“We have to respect these teams in our group,” he said. “But we shouldn’t be scared and we won’t fear any team but we have to respect all of them,” he added.

Meanwhile, South African side (Sundown) made the Champions League group stage following Monday’s disqualification of AS Vita of Congo DR, which fielded an ineligible player in the earlier stage of the campaign.

Group A has Zesco of Zambia, Al Ahly of Egypt, ASEC Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.