Nigerian giants Enyimba will look to complete an aggregate victory over Tunisia’s Etoile du Sah...
Nigerian giants Enyimba will look to complete an aggregate victory over Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel when the teams meet for the second leg of their CAF Champions League second round clash in Sousse on Wednesday.
The Peoples’ Elephant claimed an emphatic 3-0 home win in the teams’ first meeting in Port Harcourt earlier in the month, with Mfon Udoh scoring a superb hat-trick. The young striker has since signed a new deal with the cub which keeps him on their books until February 2019.
|Mfon Udoh scored a hatrick in the first leg|
The establishment of such a strong advantage could lead to Enyimba resting on their laurels – something they cannot afford to do against Etoile, who just a few months ago claimed the CAF Confederation Cup title.
The Tunisians are also promising a hostile reception for the visitors, with the Olympic Stadium in Sousse a sell-out ahead of the clash, though Enyimba forward Abu Azeez believes that his side is on course to progress to the next stage of the competition.
“We must qualify to be in the group stage and therefore we are going to fight for it in Sousse. This is the Champions League, if you want to go far you must overcome small and big teams,” Azeez told Complete Sports.
Moroccan referee Noureddine El Jaafari will take charge of the match in Sousse. The aggregate winners will advance to the group stage of the Champions League, while the losers will ‘drop’ into the playoff rounds of the Confederation Cup.
Enyimba will go into Wednesday evening’s crunch CAF Champions League clash at Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia worried about the poor form of star forward Ezekiel Bassey, who last year was invited for trials by EPL club West Ham.
|Ezekiel Bassey of Enyimba|
Appreciative Enyimba fans nicknamed Bassey ‘Hazard’ after Chelsea star Edin Hazard, but both players have been off the boil this year.
“Ezekiel Bassey’s form is worrying. He has not been able to reproduce the form that got everybody talking about him last season and earned him invitation to the Super Eagles,” a top team official informed AfricanFootball
“Some are saying that the size of the pitch in Port Harcourt (for their CAF Champions League) and Umuahia (for their league) has not helped him to express himself very well.”
“If Bassey were only back to his old form, he alone can wreck Etoile on Wednesday,” lamented another Enyimba official.
Wednesday’s match will kick off by 6pm Nigerian time with 20,000 fans cheering Etoile inside the Olympic Stadium in Sousse to overturn a 3-0 loss in Nigeria and qualify for the money-spinning group stage of the Champions League.