Enyimba of Aba goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has admitted that he and his colleagues are disappointed that they will play this weekend’s CAF Champions League second leg game against Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso behind closed doors, but promised that they will give their very best to overcome the odds, megasportsarena.com reports.
While also noting that their opponents are not a household name in African football, Afelokhai said the task before The Peoples’ Elephant is to ensure they play with determination and win.
The former Super Eagles’ invitee affirmed that football is not about big names of the club or their players, but about what they can offer on the field of play, hence his declaration during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that all Enyimba players have resolved to fight hard for victory.
He pointed out that Enyimba learnt a lot from their first leg 1-0 loss in Ouagadougou, which he reasoned has put them on their toes and they will now do the best they can to turn the tide around at home, especially as he believes his team have a stronger pedigree than their visitors.
He admitted that the decision by CAF to have the game played behind closed doors was a rude shock for him and the other players, but says they have put it behind them and they are now determined to brace up to the challenge, because they cannot exit so early in the competition.
Afelokhai retorted: “We lost the first leg, but we were not disgraced. In fact, I really thank God for that game, because we learnt a lot from it.
“In the game of football, we are ahead of them, but I know that names don’t really matter at times.
“It is not the big name youn have that will help you in football, because it is what you will play on the field that will determine the result that you will get.
“That is what we are going to do in Aba, regardless of the fact that we will play the match behind closed doors.
“Our fans will not be allowed into the stadium to watch us, but we are determined to win this match and reach the next round.”