Sunshine Stars' head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote (pictured) is not losing sleep over reports that Al Ahly striker, Emad Meteb could be available when both sides meet in two weeks.
Al Ahly and Sunshine Stars played out a 3-3 draw at the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu-Ode in the Caf Champions League semifinal first leg on Saturday.
Ogunbote is confident that his side can give the Cairo Red Devils a run for a final place when both sides clash in the return leg on the weekend of October 19, 20 and 21 in spite of Meteb's likely presence.
"Everyone seems to forget that Sunshine Stars are greenhorns in the Caf Champions League. Yes Al Ahly were always the favourites (to win this tie) but we've showed that we won't just lay back and be beaten. Whether Meteb returns or not, I'll tell you we are not scared of them.
"We also played without our captain (Godfrey Oboabona) on Saturday and hopefully we will have him back for the second leg in Cairo. For us to come back from two goals down and also from a losing position at 2-3 late in the game, gives us a lot of hope going to the game in Cairo," said the Sunshine Stars' coach.
Al Ahly striker, Meteb has reportedly returned to training with his team on Monday.
The 29-year-old striker has recovered from having his kidney stones removed and could play in the reverse game against Sunshine Stars.
"I have completely recovered after my kidney stones problem so I am fit to join the team's regular training. I hope to take part in the match against Sunshine but it's the coach's decision," Meteb told his club's official website.