Enyimba have put behind them a CAF Champions League home loss to Zamalek of Egypt and they now hope to get a result in their next game at Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa, according to star striker Mfon Udoh.
The Nigeria champions fell 1-0 to Zamalek in Port Harcourt and now face a daunting task at Group B leaders Sundowns, who won 2-0 at Entente Setif of Algeria, also at the weekend.
Sundowns welcome Enyimba on June 29 and Udoh said they hope to make up for the defeat in front of their fans with a result in South Africa.
“We hope to pick up the pieces in our next game against Sundowns. We hope to get a point or even win in South Africa. It’s a race and we are not out of this race yet,” he said.
He further said ill luck in front of goal denied them a victory against Zamalek at the weekend.
“We got everything right, we played a good game, we were just unlucky not to put the ball in the net,” he recalled with a tinge of regret.
Udoh is the leading scorer in this year’s Champions League with seven goals, but he has insisted team glory is top priority.
Meanwhile, President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has charged players and officials of Enyimba FC not to drop their heads or lose focus following Sunday’s CAF Champions League defeat by visiting Egyptian side, Zamalek FC.
Nigeria’s flag –bearers in Africa’s most prestigious club competition fell by a lone goal against the Egyptians, who scored through Bassem Morsy in the first half at a waterlogged Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Teams playing in the group stage know every match counts not only for the money but also for the points. Defeat in the very first game of the lucrative pool stage could have the tendency of demoralizing the group, but Pinnick told the team on Monday that they could still go all the way.