Two time African champions, Enyimba Football Club of Aba will hope to overturn their first leg defeat in the CAF Champions League preliminary round against Ugandan club, Vipers SC today at the Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
The People’s Elephant had the first leg of the match in control but couldn’t convert the chances that came their way as Vipers hit the back of the net in the second half courtesy of Erisa Ssekisambu’s goal. Captain of the Nigerian side, Chinedu Udoji said that his side had their opportunities but none was converted.
“We controlled the match, we created chances but we just couldn’t convert them. We got so close when I turned in a header into the net but the referee disallowed it,” Udoji said.
Enyimba’s form within the past two weeks has not seen any win, a lone goal loss to both Vipers SC and Rivers United may not be a hindrance but playing away from home at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka stadium may be to the advantage of the visitors.
Champions League debutants, Vipers may well try to play safe in Nigeria as any form of draw will see the Ugandan club to the first round and that may compel Enyimba to seek for an early goal.
No Nigerian club has played in the competition’s final stages since 2012 when Sunshine Stars in their debut season reached the last four of the CAF Champions League.