Coach Usman Abd’Allah says Enyimba’s lack of victory in two games will have no bearing on the team’s performance in Sunday’s crunch derby against Rangers.
The People’s Elephant will take the short trip to Enugu, just four days after a goalless draw against Lobi Stars saw them slip to third in group A of the NPFL, and the gaffer is full of optimism on the chances of his side.
“We are hoping for a positive result tomorrow. The boys are motivated and they know that this match is very important for us. We need the result here and they’ve understood that, that’s why they are working hard.
“Tomorrow we are coming out to work hard and leave the pitch with something in our hands. We can’t afford to leave Enugu with nothing.”
The two teams are the most successful in the league, having won seven titles apiece. Although Abd’Allah acknowledges the bragging rights involved in the fixture, his focus is more on the points at stake.
“The most important thing is to get a good result that will make us comfortable on the table. I’m taking into consideration the importance of this match to the clubs, to the supporters and the region. We are aware of that, but the most important thing is to win.”
Sunday’s fixture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium has been scheduled to commence at 4pm.