Enyimba and Rivers United are no strangers to each other but meeting in the CAF Confederation Cup will be seen differently, says the Enyimba head coach, Fatai Osho.
Sunday’s playoff first leg clash will be the first time Enyimba will face a fellow country club in its twenty-year participation in the CAF Club Competitions, and Osho thinks the stakes are higher than what is usually obtainable when both teams meet on the domestic front.
“They (the players) want to see it a bit different because the setting is actually different. We are talking of the continent now, what is at stake is actually different from what is obtainable at the level of the NPFL
“We are going to see a situation where both sides will come out and these players, they know what it means for their careers to be at the group stage. It is a platform they can use to actually express themselves and let people know what they can do and nobody wants to lose that opportunity. I foresee a situation where both sides will be coming out, these players they want to come for each other. Like I’ve been saying, it will be more of a celebration of the NPFL we will be looking at on Sunday (today)”
The second leg of the play off tie comes up in Port Harcourt on February 21, and aggregate winners will progress to the group stage, which is scheduled to commence on March 10.