Nigeria champions, Enyimba FC of Aba have entered the second phase of their preparation for their CAF Champions League first round tie against Burkina Faso’s Rahimo Football Club.
According to officials of the club, the team elected to train for the game in Aba to give their new players the time to blend into the squad, which lost four top stars after the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) play-offs.
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Coach Usman Abd’Allah is expected to choose 18 players for the game, which will hold at Ouagadougou in the weekend of August 9 to 11.
Enyimba’s Jude Anyadufu disclosed that “we decided to prepare for the match in Aba because we have eight new players, who have not yet mastered our pattern.
“We hope to travel to Burkina Faso on August 7 or 8 for the game, which will hold in their capital city.
“Already, we have put the process in motion for a smooth journey to Burkina Faso.”
Anyadufu added that the time is too short to take the team to a secluded location, adding, however, “when we come back, depending on the situation, we will decide whether it would be profitable to camp the boys outside Aba.”
The first leg of the tie will be played in Burkina Faso from August 9 to11, before the People’s Elephant return home for the reverse fixture two weeks later.
Enyimba International are the only Nigeria side to have emerged as champions of CAF Champions League back to back in 2003 and 2004 under coach Kadiri Ikhana and Okey Emordi respectively.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde