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Enyimba coach Abdallah targets away win against Rayon Sports

Enyimba head coach, Usman Abdallah, is keen to guide this side to victory in the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final first-leg clash in Rwanda against Rayon Sports on Sunday.
The 44-year-old Enyimba trainer spoke to Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)’s official website and he said that the quarter-finals of the competition presents another hurdle to scale and acknowledged that all of the eight clubs vying for places in the last four earned their stripes and should not be underrated.
He specifically stated that the People’s Elephant will “pay attention to every little detail” concerning their opponents.
“This competition is in the quarter-final stage and any team in this stage must have gone a long way to get here. So none of the teams got to the quarter-finals by chance. It means all of the eight teams worked to get this stage.
“For me, I am treating our opponents the same way like we have done against other opponents, and with respect. So my mentality going into this fixture is that every team in the quarter-finals are of same pedigree irrespective of past or present records. This is no time to underrate any opponent. We will prepare well for this fixture and pay attention to every little detail too,” Abdallah said.
Abdallah is however focused on guiding Enyimba into the semi-finals.
“The most important thing now is to win and ensure we get to the semi-finals, and from there we will wait for the next opponents. But now the focus is the quarter-finals against our opponents (Rayon Sports),” he said.
Enyimba face Rayon Sports in Kigali in the first leg of the quarter-final matchup on September 16 before the People’s Elephant play hosts to the Rwandan club in the return fixture in Aba a week later.

Rayon Sports edged out Young Africans 1-0 in the 2018 Caf Confederation Cup in a Group D match at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Rwanda on Wednesday.
As a result, Rwanda’s Rayon finished second in Group D, while Tanzanian outfit Yanga crashed out of the competition after finishing fourth on the table.
However, Rayon were able to contain Young Africans until match referee Ugandan match referee Mashood Ssali blew the half-time whistle.
Rayon were 1-0 up at the interval thanks to Bimenyimana’s first-half goal.
Young Africans continued to search for the equalizing goal in the second half, but the Rayon defence looked solid and organized.
George Ngonyani was introduced by Yanga coach Mwinyi Zahera in the 61st minute as visitors looked to pile pressure on the home side.
The hosts were happy to sit back and launch quick counter attacks with Yanga dominating possession in the closing stages of the game.
Rayon coach Roberto Oliviera decided to pull up goalscorer Bimenyimana and he introduced Yasin Mugume as the hosts to contain Yanga.
Ultimately, the game ended in a 1-0 victory in favour of Rayon on the day.

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