Enyimba travel to Sudan to face Al-Merreikh as the first leg of the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League Second Round takes centre stage.
The Aba elephants as they are famously known, breezed past Rahimo after grabbing a crucial win on the road in the first leg. They are now expected to replicate the same feat in Sudan.
However, the nightmare of Nigerian clubs visiting Sudan has continued to bear a burden in the minds of Enyimba FC followers and Nigerian football supporters in general.
The fate of Rivers United who defeated Al Hilal Omdurman 3-0 in the first leg, only to lose 4-0 in the reverse fixture may not be forgotten in a hurry.
For Enyimba, the team’s non-involvement in active football could prove to be an obstacle. For the home side, they are the winners of 2019/2020 Sudan Premier League with over six points above second-placed Al-Hilal Omdurman.
The tie may or may not be decided in Sudan, depending on the result of the game on Wednesday. The Aba elephants are expected to get a draw at least before thinking of a result in the reverse fixture in Nigeria.
Al-Merreikh defeated Otoho to seal qualification for the second round after playing out a draw in the first leg. The Sudanese side is known for their physical free-flowing football which could prove to be an issue or Enyimba.
Enyimba’s inability to beat Rahimo at home remains another problem to think of, even though they got the maximum results in the first leg.
Key players like Austin Oladapo is expected to lead the team
When will the game start? Kick-off
Wednesday 23, December 2020 at 14:00
Venue: Al Merreikh Stadium (Omdurman).