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Enyimba not ready to throw in towel following Champions League defeat

Nigeria’s Enyimba believe they can reach the CAF Champions League final despite Saturday’s defeat by Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca

Hatem Maher, Sunday 2 Oct 2011

Enyimba are not ready to throw in the towel after slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semifinal on Saturday.

The Nigerians were undone by a stoppage-time goal from substitute striker Pascal Angan, giving Wydad a slender advantage ahead of the second leg in Morocco.

"No, it’s not over for us," Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi said on the club’s official website. "They have done theirs, now they have to come to Aba for the return leg."

"In a knock-out stage like this, it is expected for a team to go all out when they play at home in the first leg, so that is what they have done.”

The defeat ended Enyimba’s 11-match unbeaten streak in Africa’s premier club competition. It was their first defeat since they lost to Egyptian champions Ahly in the 2008 edition.

Enyimba still believe they can win a third Champions League accolade, having won the title two successive times in 2003 and 2004.

“We are an experienced side. We have been here before. They would see a different Enyimba in the return leg, I can assure people of that," Anyansi added.

"We know what we have to do to get to the finals so we are going to work hard. Fans should not be worried at all by thinking this is the end, no. This is where it starts.

"We remain focused on getting to the finals and lifting the cup for the third time so we can represent Africa at the Club World Cup."

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