Enyimba FC captain Andrew Abalogu has implored his teammates to rise up to the occasion when they entertain San Pedro FC at the Aba Township Stadium this Sunday.
The Nigerian champions will be looking to get their continental campaign back on track after delivering a below-par performance in their Group D opener as they lost 2-0 to Hassania Agadir in Agadir, Morocco last Sunday.
The result leaves the People’s Elephants bottom of the early standings after San Pedro FC and AC Paradou shared the spoils in the other group fixture.
A win for Usman Abdallah’s men against the Ivorians will reaffirm the club’s intention of going all the way in the second-tier CAF club’s competition.
Abalogu however urged his mates to produce the level of intensity that is required to succeed at the continental level.
“It’s difficult to play on the continent because the standard is higher, that’s why we have to step up in our next game,” Abalogu told the club’s media.
“In the league you play against teams that you are used to, but on the continent it’s against top teams from different countries, that’s why it’s more difficult.
“We had a very bad game in Morocco, and everyone is still angry about it. We know the fans will expect something better on Sunday, so we’ll try our best.”
Sunday’s fixture at the Enyimba Stadium will kick off at 2pm.