Enyimba chairman Nwankwo Kanu has expressed confidence the Nigerian champions will overturn a 4-3 loss to Al Ahli Benghazi of Libya to advance to the next round of the CAF Champions League.
“The result may not have gone our way, but what matters is the effort and resilience shown by the boys,” Kanu said.
“They did well and I commend them.
“With what we saw in this game, I’m confident we have what it takes to guarantee qualification when we play the return leg in Aba.”
Nine-time Nigerian champions Enyimba fell 4-3 to Al Ahli Benghazi in a highly entraining match at the Martyrs of February Stadium in Benghazi.
Striker Chijioke Mboama had put ‘The Peoples’ Elephant’ ahead as early as the third minute, but the lead could only last five minutes before the Libyans drew level.
Left-back Imo Obot then diverted a cross into his own net to gift Al Ahli Benghazi a 2-1 lead three minutes before the break.
The second half produced more goals with Eze Ekwutoziam and Murphy Ndukwu canceling out Al Ahli Benghazi’s lead to put the scores at 3-3.
That was before a heart-breaking stoppage- time winner by the hosts secured a 4-3 first-leg result.