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AFL: I’m Optimistic We Can Overcome Wydad In Casablanca —Enyimba Coach, Finidi

AFL: I’m Optimistic We Can Overcome Wydad In Casablanca  —Enyimba Coach, Finidi

Enyimba head coach Finidi George has expressed optimism that the Nigeria league champions can overturn their first leg deficit against Wydad Casablanca.

In Sunday’s quarter-final first leg of the maiden African Football League (AFL) in Uyo, Enyimba fell to a 1-0 defeat.

In stoppage time Enyimba had a player sent off after Somiari Alalibo was given his matching orders.

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Despite the defeat, Finidi believes if his players can take their chances they can still see off the Moroccans.

“Football is about goal scoring, if we had scored the overall result would have been different,” he said on Brila FM.

“In a couple of days we will have the return leg, I’m happy that in as much as we want to win the game, I’m happy that we lost by just 1-0 which gives us another opportunity to go over there and see if we can.

“If we have the same opportunities that we got here, if we can take one or two it’s going to be a different ball game.

“I’m quite optimistic about the second leg but it’s unfortunate that we lost the first leg.“

The AFL is an annual continental club football competition run by CAF that kicked off in October 2023.

It was announced on 28 November 2019 by Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA. It was initially launched as the Africa Super League on 10 August 2022 and was to include twenty-four elite African clubs with a promotion/relegation system, but is scaled down to eight teams for its inaugural campaign.

It will run alongside CAF’s other main club competition, the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup, and will not be a replacement for it.

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