Enyimba centre-half Uche John says his team must fight to the finish against Etoile du Sahel in Tunisia to keep their CAF Champions League hopes alive.
The former champions take an emphatic 3-0 lead from the first leg and need to avoid a 4-0 defeat in the return leg fixture in Sousse tonight to advance to the group stage.
“We know they will come out with a lot of pressure but if we keep our heads calm, we will withstand the pressure and even score first, like we did in Burundi (against Vital’O),” he told EnyimbaFC.net.
“The first leg was an interesting game because a lot of people underrated us, a lot of people didn’t give us a chance in that game, but we proved we can beat any team in Africa. I am confident that the same thing will happen again and we will prevail in Tunisaia.
“Etoile are a good team, such that if you give them a small space they will hurt you, but we can match them. They are well known in Africa and people respect them a lot, but our boys are ready for them. We want to play in the group stage and we can’t afford to mess up now, not when we are so close,” John said.
When asked, John predicted a 1-1 or 2-2 draw but was adamant Enyimba would overcome the Tunisians after full time.