Enyimba Technical Adviser, Usman Abd’Allah, says Rahimo of Burkina Faso lost the opportunity of edging out the People’s Elephant in the Preliminary Round of the CAF Champions League in the first leg decided two weeks ago in Ouagadougou, Completesports.com reports.
Abd’Allah spoke after the two-time African champions thrashed their fellow West Africans 5-0 in a one-sided return leg match played in an empty Enyimba Stadium Aba on Sunday. They advanced to the Second Preliminary Round 5-1 on aggregate.
The soft-spoken gaffer posited that Rahimo FC, an academy side formed in 2012 – according to their President Rahimo Oudrago, had Enyimba on the cliff hanger in Ouagadougou but failed to take the advantage.
“We started our preparation late. It was just 10 days or less than two weeks of training before the first leg match in Burkina Faso,” Abd’Allah said.
“The 1-0 defeat we suffered in Ouagadougou did not reflect the true flow of the game. It could have been much more which would have put us in more difficult position.
“They lost the game at home in the first leg, not today [in Aba, Sunday August 25].
“We are still rebuilding. Today, you saw three players sharing five goals in the game. It points out the fact we are gradually building up and hopefully, we will get better.”
Reuben Bala and Stanley Dimgba scored twice each while Stanley Okorom added his name on the score sheet as Enyimba cruised to a comfortable 5-0 win, 5-1 on aggregate to seal their passage to the next round of the competition.
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