Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Enyimba speak on Champions League foes

Head coach of Enyimba, Okey Emordi and midfielder, Eneji Otekpa (pictured left), have described their Orange Caf Champions League draw as a tough draw.
The two-time African champions from Nigeria are drawn in Group A alongside Al-Hilal of Sudan, Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Coton Sport Garoua of Cameroon.
Emordi, who won the Caf Champions League with Enyimba in 2004, told SuperSport.com that the teams in their group are also established sides in African club competitions.
"Al-Hilal of Sudan are a big club from that region and have been in the Champions League for some time now. The team from Cameroon, Coton Sport, were in the final two years ago and have been a regular in the competition since then.
"As for Raja Casablanca, they are not newcomers to club football on the continent. So you cannot say it is an easy draw but we will be ready for our opponents," said Emordi.
Otekpa backed his coach describing their group opponents as tough teams.
"At this point of the tournament every team that made it to the group stage is tough. I know they will give us our respect since we have won the cup twice in the past.
"But we will give it our best to make sure that we qualify for the semifinal," Otekpa told SuperSport.com.
The Nigerian champions will open their campaign at home against Al-Hilal on July 17.
In Sunday's inter-club draws by Caf, Al Ahly of Egypt, Mouloudia Club of Algeria and Esperance of Tunisia got drawn in Group B.
The group will be completed by either Wydad Casablanca of Morocco or Simba SC of Tanzania.
Titleholders, Tout Puissant Mazembe of DR Congo, were thrown out of the competition over the weekend by Caf for fielding an ineligible player in Javier Bokungu in both legs of their second round game against Simba SC in April.
Simba SC protested to Caf that Bokungu still had an existing contract with Esperance when he featured for TP Mazembe against them in April.

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