Enyimba of Aba coach, Usman Abdallah has downplayed permutations that his side have an easy fixture in the last phase of qualifiers for the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, as he says no team can be taken for granted at this stage of the competition, megasportsarena.com can report.
Speaking in the wake of Wednesday’s emergence of largely unknown TS Galaxy of South Africa as The Peoples’ Elephant’s next opponent in the continental terrain, Abdallah assured that he and his players will work even harder to ensure they overcome the hurdle and reach the group stage.
Enyimba, who dropped into Africa’s second-tier club competition after they were knocked out of the CAF Champions League qualifiers by Al Hilal of Sudan will be at home in the opening leg of their ties with Galaxy, who beat Kaizer Chiefs to win the Nedbank Cup in May and become the first South African lower division team to feature in the continental competition.
Galaxy qualified for the playoff after a 4-1 aggregate victory over CNapS Sport of Madagascar in the previous stage and, though the South African side are already being touted as an easy catch for Enyimba, Abdallah said during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that he and his players will not underrate their opponents, because any side that can make it this far has to be good.
Abdallah concluded: “We are not taking anything for granted. We believe any team that qualified for this stage of the competition has to be good, so we will not underrate them because they are new. We will take them very serious and prepare well to beat them. We will do everything that we can in order to qualify for the group stage of the competition.”