By Abayomi Johnson
Enyimba International forward, Stanley Dimgba says the People’s Elephant will by no means be complacent when they face Energy Sport of Republic of Benin in a CAF Confederation Cup First Round, second leg tie in Calabar on Sunday.
The two-time African champions won the first leg 2-0 and are expected to wrap up qualification to the lucrative group stage with a win at U.J Esuene Stadium.
Dimgba says he does not expect their visitors to lay down and get rolled over despite losing the reverse tie at home.
“No team is too small. Because even Akwa (United) lost at home (in the previous round), and went away to win. So the team that is coming here will definitely come with a lot of determination. That’s why we need to prepare well, and play as if it’s the first leg. We are not going to let them relax. In football, you don’t underrate anybody. We need to work hard to make sure we qualify,” said Bimgba in an interview of Enyimba’s Facebook page on Tuesday.
The Nigeria international said his team were unlucky to lose Sunday’s Oriental derby to Rangers at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, adding that their away victory against Energy Sports boosted their morale against the Flying Antelope.
He said: “It was a very good match, because we came all out and we played Enugu Rangers hands down. It’s just that sometimes you can play well but not win. So, we weren’t supposed to lose that match. That’s just the game for you. I believe that, [in]some training sessions, we’ll get it right.
“It (the win at Energy Sports) boosted us. Because to win an away match in the Confederation Cup is not an easy task, so we went all out to beat Energie. With that zeal and that determination, we went to Enugu, and I know that anybody who watches that match in Enugu knows that we did our best. It’s just that we did not score. So, I believe the way this team is going now – I so much appreciate it, because Enyimba is a good team. The defeat in Enugu should not bring us down.”
On his outstanding form so far this season, he said: “Let me just say I have a lot of responsibilities. Last season was the first time I played under coach (Gbenga) Ogunbote. Definitely, if you’re playing under a coach for the first time, you find it difficult to do certain things. But I have played under coach Paul (Aigbogun) at Warri Wolves, for two years. That’s the secret of my success so far, because he knows how I play, my talent, and how to use me. When Enyimba brought Coach Paul, I knew that definitely this season, with prayer, everything would work for my own good.”