Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick has opined that Enyimba International of Aba have what it takes to beat Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Speaking in the wake of Enyimba’s 5-1 trouncing of Rayon Sport of Rwanda on Sunday, which took The Peoples’ Elephant into the last four of Africa’s second-tier clubs competition, Pinnick reasoned that the Aba have outfit have enough quality to dent the North Africans.
Although many Nigerian football fans are wary of the myth North African clubs have against NPFL teams, footballlive.ng can report that Pinnick is optimistic that the two-time CAF Champions League winners will again make the country proud this year.
Pinnick, who was re-elected NFF president on Thursday in Katsina, said: “I want to commend the players and members of the technical staff for their endeavour in this competition so far.
“I watched their match against CARA Brazzaville in the group phase and I know the players and technical crew have great ambition and can go all the way to the final and do Nigeria proud by winning the Cup.
“Their next opponents, Raja Casablanca, are a tough act. But Enyimba have the players and the technical team to plot victory and all they require is strong self-belief to conquer the Moroccans.
“I appeal to all Nigerian ball fans and football stakeholders to give the club necessary support to make us smile, as the only Nigerian club left in continental club competition this year.
“I want to specially praise the efforts of the chairman of the club, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, who is a ranking Member of the NFF Executive Committee. The man deserves honour as he has done so much for Nigerian Football.
“I recall he has been with the team for the past 20 years and led them to the two CAF Champions League titles they have won for Nigeria.”