‘ACL losses not good for us’-Kadiri Ikhana

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Former Enyimba head coach Kadiri Ikhana has bemoaned his side’s loss to the South African side Mamelodi Sundowns in a Caf Champions League clash.

The Nigerian champions lost 1-2 to Sundowns in the matchday 2 clash on Wednesday in Pretoria, South Africa..

The nation’s campaigners had earlier lost 0-1 to Egyptian giants Zamalek SC in a clash in Port Harcourt.

Ikhana said though qualification from the group looks tough, Enyimba can still turn things around positively in the two matches on the calendar.

“Enyimba are a brand new team with a new bench and players yet to blend compared to their Group B opponents who have been together for four or five years.

“The two teams are more solid than Enyimba, but that is not to say Enyimba are not a good team.

“Enyimba tried in the last game at Mamelodi Sundowns, but were unlucky to lose the encounter at the end of the day.

“The losses to Zamalek and Sundowns are not good for us as we must now win our remaining matches to qualify.

“Of course, when you lose two matches in a qualifier it makes it difficult to go ahead and win a ticket.

“However, as we know nothing is impossible in football and that’s why we should not completely lose hope of a positive turnaround. Enyimba can win the two remaining matches and qualify to the semifinals,” said the former Kano Pillars and 3SC coach to supersport.com.

Ikhana actually won the African title with Enyimba in 2003 as also guided the side to qualify for the on-going campaign.

Enyimba’s last group matches are at Zamalek in Cairo, Egypt, on August 14 and Sundowns on August 23 in Port Harcourt.

The Nigerian champions are at the base without a point while Sundowns and Zamalek have three points apiece.

The two topmost sides will progress to the semifinals.

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