Friday, September 09, 2011

Enyimba battle Hilal for top spot

Nigerian champions, Enyimba will fight for Group A top spot in the Caf Champions League when they face Al-Hilal at the Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, Sudan on Friday.

Two-time Caf Champions League winners, Enyimba head into this tie in pole position in their group with eight points while hosts, Al-Hilal are on seven points.

In the first meeting between both sides Al-Hilal secured a point at the Enyimba Sports Complex after a 2-2 draw on July 17.

Valentine Nwabili and Uche Kalu got Enyimba's goals on that occasion while Edward Sadomba's double ensured Al-Hilal took a point.

Kalu, 25, has been the main man finishing off opponents in this campaign with his precision in front of goal.

The striker believes that the Peoples Elephant can continue with their unbeaten run in the 2011 race for Africa's elite club competition.

"I believe in this team so much. We have shown that we are capable of playing anywhere in Nigeria and on the continent. It's going to be a difficult game in Sudan but we are up to the challenge," said Kalu, who has netted four times in the Caf Champions League.

Enyimba are the only undefeated side in their group after match day four.

The six-time Nigeria Premier League (NPL) winners will book a semifinal place if they defeat Al-Hilal.

They could also reach the last four if they secure a draw at Al-Hilal and Cameroon's Coton Sport FC de Garoua fail to beat Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

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