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The captain of Enyimba FC, Ojo Olorunleke has submitted that the team was in Casablanca to beat their hosts Wydad Athletic Club and nothing short of a victory will be accepted.
The Eastern Updates recalls that the Nigerian champions lost the first leg of the quarter-final clash 1-0 in Uyo last weekend.
Finidi George’s side will take on the Red Castle in the reverse fixture at the Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca on Thursday night.
Enyimba must score two goals without conceding to earn a berth in the last four.
The People’s Elephant will be up against a hostile crowd at the magnificent stadium.
Olorunleke is, however, upbeat they can surmount the hurdle and earn a place in the semi-final stage of the competition.
‘We came here to achieve victory. We are ready and confident, we have spoken together,’ the goalkeeper told a pre-match press conference on Wednesday night.
‘We faced some difficulties and challenges before coming here, but we are a professional team and we can’t complain.
‘We are here to win and qualify. We want to defeat Wydad like they did in the first leg.’
Recall that a rash challenge by Enyimba goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo led to a 1-0 loss for the Nigerian club against Moroccan visitors Wydad Casablanca on Sunday in the African Football League.
Captain Ojo fouled Ayoub el Amloud and Wydad skipper Yahya Jabrane converted the resulting 39th-minute penalty to settle the quarter-final first leg in the southeastern city of Uyo.
The half-time introduction of midfielder Ikenna Cooper helped former African champions Enyimba and they came close to equalising in the middle of the second half through 16-year-old Daniel Daga.
Enyimba were reduced to 10 men in added time when Alalibo Somiari committed a foul on Montasser Lahtimi as the last defender and an initial yellow card was upgraded to red after a VAR check.