– Enyimba coach, Paul Aigbogun says he is proud of his
players despite defeat at home to Zamalek
– Aigbogun said Enyimba had learnt some lessons and
will progress to the semifinal of the CAF Champions
– Enyimba now occupy the third position on the log and
must beat Group B leaders Mamelodi Sundowns of
South Africa in their next game to boost their chances
The Enyimba coach, Paul Aigbogun has said his team can
still make it to the next stage of the CAF Champions League
despite losing to Zamalek of Egypt on Sunday, June 19,
NAIJ.com can report.
Enyimba lost 0-1 to Zamalek in a group B match played at
the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium, Port Harcourt.
Basem Abdalla scored for Zamalek in the 8th minute
following a mix up in the Enyimba’s defense.
Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun has said his team can still
make it to the next stage of the Champions League despite
losing to Zamalek of Egypt
The game was delayed for 15 minute due a heavy
downpour. This however affected the playing condition as
both teams had to play in a waterlogged pitch.
But speaking at a press conference after the game,
Aigbogun said Enyimba had learnt some lessons despite
losing the game.
He said: “We dominated at least, 80% of the game. But in
football, you can dominate without putting the ball in the
“We have taken a lot of positive points from the game.
Zamalek is not a bad team and I think the goal they scored,
was a mistake by us.
“We will go back and plan. All the players are down, but full
of confidence and I am proud of the players, just
unfortunate, we could not score.”
He continued: “This is a league and I don’t think any team is
unbeatable. Sundowns went away and won with nobody
believing they could do that. By God’s grace we can go to
their stadium and get a good result in our next game. I
don’t think in the Champions League you say can plan that
you want to win all your games, every team cannot win all
their home games. So we take the positives that we played
well today. Losing at home is an advantage to us because
now so many people may not give us a chance to progress
into the next round. That is why we can go to Sundowns and
shock them in their stadium.”
“The pitch wasn’t an advantage to us because anybody that
knows the way we play will know we don’t play kick and
follow football. We play gradual football and build up but it
was unfortunate we just couldn’t score today. I don’t think
we played any better against Etoile than we did today but
we just couldn’t get the goals.”
When NAIJ.com asked Coach Aigbogun if he his strikers
have been disappointing, he had this to say: “I won’t say my
strikers are letting me down because obviously defenders
and midfielders can score to. But the attackers know they
are not scoring as much as they should. It’s a problem but
we are still addressing it and I hope at one point it
Enyimba now occupy the third position on the log and must
beat Group B leaders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa,
who beat Algerian side Entente Setif of Algeria 2-0 on
Saturday, in their next fixture to boost their chances of
making it to the last four.