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2008.10.03 10:05:13

Enyimba international midfielder, and top scorer in this year's CAF Champions League, Stephen Worgu is optimistic his side can overcome the threat posed by Egyptian League Champions Al Ahly when they come visiting this weekend at the Aba International Stadium.

The game, which is no doubt the biggest on the continent this weekend will afford Worgu an opportunity to add to his 13 goals scored so far in the tournament, and he hopes he can help his team grab a comfortable victory in the first leg so that the second leg would be a formality for the Aba millionaires.

"It's an important game for us and everyone of us is aware of this. We've been working really hard for this game, we are very focused and we believe by the special grace of God, we would be able to wrap up the semi final at the end of the first leg by coming up with a convincing result that will make the second leg's task easier for us." Worgu told Complete Sports

He stated that the 'Aba Millionaires' hope to win the game with as much as a three goal margin, stating that the chairman of the club, Felix Anyansi told the team to avoid winning by a lone goal or two goal margin

"Our target is to win and win very well at least by three goals without conceding any. On Tuesday our chairman visited us and tried to make the players know the importance of this game, eventhough we already know it ourselves. He is very passionate as a leader and tried to make us understand the danger of a two-goal advantage going into the second leg away to a top team like Al-Ahly.

He tried to urge us to go for the kill and wrap it up here at home. So we will try to score at least three goals and even more if possible and work really hard to prevent them from scoring against us. If we are able to achieve this, I think it will be a good step towards getting to the final of the competition." Worgu told the local sports tabloid

He also added that the players were in high spirit ahead of the clash, and hoped the home side avoided wasting chances in front of goal.

"We are in a very high spirit as we look forward to this game because we have all worked hard to get to this level and we want to continued progressing in the competition. The important thing is for us to try and convert our goal scoring chances because I'm sure the chances will definitely come. It's when we fail in this responsibility that we will find the game difficult for ourselves.

"But if we are able to make use of our chances, I'm confident the job will be half-done by the end of the first leg this weekend.

"So this is what all of us are working towards for now. The spirit is very high among us and we are working together as a team.

Worgu however stated that the absence of first team goalkeeper Rabo Saminou, who would be missing the encounter after receiving a straight red in their last outing against Cameroonian club side Coton Sports Garoua.

"I don't think it's a huge blow for us because we have a lot of players in the poor team. Yes we lost the last game and partly of course due to the officiating, it wasn't good at all and it was also responsible for the suspension of our goalkeeper. Even those who saw the game on the television agreed that the referee on that day didn't handle the match well.

"Anyway we have put all that behind us now and I strongly believe we have a good replacement for our goalkeeper. We are focused on the next game and our determination is to win.

"Al-Ahly have been a top team with a great pedigree in this competition, how would you assess your opponent?

Yes, I believe they have done well so far going by their record and we know very well they did not lose any game in the group stage. But that is not a problem for us because we know we can play and we can improve. We didn't do well as expected in the group stage but we are very confident about ourselves.

Enyimba do not have an impressive record against Al Ahly, as they have never beaten the North African club side before, but Worgu does not believe that the past History will favor the visitors.

"Records are there not only for Al-Ahly but also for Enyimba. Football is going to be played on the field and that's what we are looking forward to. We are not intimidated by their record, we just want to play our game and get the job done. We will know the better side after the two legs" Worgu told the Paper

Worgu also promised to add to his already impressive goals tally on Sunday in Aba.

"Yes, I have scored in all the home games I have played in this competition and generally we have done well at home as a team. Definitely I'm looking forward to scoring on Sunday because I really want to help my team to win. It's about everyone of us working hard to get the result."


  Enyimba | CAF champions league | Al Ahly

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