Enyimba Prepares for Battle

7 August 2005 at 07:13 | 1579 views

African soccer clubs are usually victims of all sorts of problems and it’s a wonder there are any competitions on the continent.Enyinmba,a Nigerian soccer giant, has been facing its own golgotha in the last couple of days as this report shows:

By Osasu Obayiuwana

Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu has told BBC Sport that his club’s quest for a third consecutive African Champions League title "is far from over."

The two-time African kings are in disarray, having collected just one point from their three Group A matches to date.

The Nigerian side face Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in Aba on Sunday with their semi-final hopes hanging by a thread.

But Anyansi-Agwu refuses to throw in the towel: "We may be down but we are certainly not out," he told BBC Sport from Aba on Wednesday.

"Everyone still believes in our ability to come from behind in the group stages," Anyansi-Agwu claimed.

"There has been a lot of pressure on us and I hope that people will leave us to do what we must do."

In a move likely to be seen as nothing more than clutching at straws, Anyansi-Agwu took issue with the Nigeria FA for calling up several Enyimba players for the national team’s friendly against Benin on 10 August.

"We will not release seven players to the national team with all the games we are facing at the moment," Anyansi-Agwu vowed.

"Apart from our Champions League game against Raja, we have an FA Cup game next Wednesday, not to mention league commitments.

"If the NFA wants to have all these players, they must be prepared to postpone our games," Anyansi-Agwu said.

Source: BBC Sport