Abdallah describes Enyimba’s win over MFM as CAFCC rehearsal
By Promise Etim
Enyimba assistant coach Usman Abdallah has described their 2-0 success over MFM in Wednesday’s rescheduled game in the NPFL as a dress rehearsal for their trip to South Africa where they will face Bivest Wits in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff.
Abdallah stood in as head coach for Paul Aigbogun who was on international duty with the Nigeria Under-20s in Egypt.
The Enyimba first-team assistant coach also said their victory over MFM did not come as a surprise.
“The game was all about preparation for the CAF Confederation Cup. We are building our team for that game (against Bidvest Wits) and this victory came as a plus for us, even though we expected it,” Abdallah told npfl.ng.
The game against MFM was however blighted by the expulsion of defender Isiaka Oladuntoye close to the hour mark, meaning Enyimba had to play the last half hour with 10 men.
Abdallah admitted that Oladuntoye’s expulsion was deserved and explained that he had to re-organise his team to keep things balanced rather than resort to defending despite their numerical disadvantage.
“It was a red card, because he (Isiaka) did not go for the ball. It was a deserved red card. When you have a numerical disadvantage, it always count. We needed to rearrange the team so that we can balance the game. Instead of retreating, we had to go forward to limit the pressure on us,” he explained.
The seven-time NPFL champions currently occupy fifth position on the standings with 21 points from 13 matches.