Ghana-born Enyimba midfielder, Farouk Mohammed, believes they can overcome the three goals deficit against Al-Merreikh of Sudan in the second leg of their CAF Champions League competition on Wednesday.
Enyimba must score four un-replied for them to overcome Seifeldin Malik hat-trick that propelled Al-Merreikh to a 3-0 CAF Champions League last 32 first leg victory.
“The loss in Sudan comes once in a while. Even the strongest clubs sometimes suffer such defeats. Now, so much depends on how we react to it.
“Hopefully, if we get our acts together and play as a team with full determination, we can scale through to the next round, though, it will not be easy,” he said.
A 3-0 victory for Enyimba after 90 minutes would take the tie straight to a penalty shootout, but if Al Merrikh score just once in the match on Wednesday, the hosts will need five goals to survive.
This is the second time Enyimba will face such a deficit in the elite African competition, and are hoping for a more successful outcome.
Enyimba suffered a 4-1 loss away to ASEC Mimosas of Code d’ Ivoire in a 2002 qualifier and a 3-1 home victory as insufficient to avoid elimination.
Meanwhile, Al Merrikh players and officials on Sunday arrived Nigeria for the encounter and will want to play out their hearts in the match to get the cash promised by the club’s president; Ahmed Taha Al-Tazi.
Ahmed Taha Al-Tazi has promised the team $250,000 as cash reward to stop Enyimba International in Aba from scaling through to the next round of the competition.