Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah has praised the attitude of his squad in preparation for Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup fixture against San Pedro FC at the Enyimba Stadium.
Abd’Allah’s side are seeking a quick response after a disappointing 0-2 loss in their group D opener against Hassania Agadir last weekend left the team bottom of the group’s first standing.
The Nigerian Champions can count on an impressive home form – having won five in six matches in Aba this season – to overcome the Ivorian side and rediscover their chances of emerging from the group.
Speaking after overseeing Thursday’s training, Abd’Allah explained that his charges are fully in terms with the responsibility that Sunday’s fixture comes with.
“The players have understood that there’s a lot of task ahead of us,” the gaffer noted.
“We’ve spoken to them about the loss (against Hassania) and we all understand the situation we are in and you can see the attitude in the training ground is positive.
“We’ve been training very hard and the response is quite interesting from the players. I’m happy with their response and their attitude in training.”
San Pedro themselves did not impress on the opening day, playing out a scoreless draw against AC Paradou in Abidjan; and Abd’Allah believes the situation can fire up the Ivorians for their trip to Aba.
“This competition is always about winning and everyone is gearing up to qualify for the quarterfinal. And we’re expecting them to come very strong that is why we’re not leaving any stone unturned; that’s why we’re not taking anything for granted. We are working hard to see that we counter whatever they come in with.
“The main goal for Sunday is to get the three points first. If it comes with some bonus of goals it will go a long way, but I think the three points is very important to get it so that we can set ourselves in the race.”
The match at the Enyimba Stadium is fixed to kick off at 2pm.