Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU poses serious questions as Nigeria's only remaining representatives in African competition, Enyimba, face Etoile du Sahel on Wednesday for a place in the group phase of the CAF Champions League…
CAN ENYIMBA MAINTAIN FIRST LEG ADVANTAGE?
Though Enyimba won the first leg of this tie 3-0, they will still need to be at their best to see off the challenge of the defending CAF Confederation Cup champions.
Nigeria Professional Football League sides, Nasarawa United and Kano Pillars, have in recent times lost out in the competition after enjoying similar advantage and the Peoples Elephant know the battle is not won yet.
North African teams don't give up easily and will be all out to overturn the deficit. It will be interesting to see if they can hold their own and proceed to the next round.
CAN ENYIMBA COPE WITH THE HOSTILE OLYMPIC STADIUM ATMOSPHERE?
Etoile's home ground, the Olympic Stadium, Sousse, is expected to be full to the brim and the home supporters will surely make the atmosphere very hostile for the visitors.
Already the interior ministry in Tunisia has approved 20,000 tickets to be sold for the match.
CAN ENYIMBA END POOR THEIR POOR AWAY RECORD?
Having lost their two away games in the competition this season against Uganda's Vipers Sports Club and Vital'0 of Burundi, another stumble on the road could prove disastrous for Enyimba this time around.
With Etoile du Sahel needing to score four goals without conceding to progress to the group stages, Enyimba could still make do with a small margin defeat.
A win or probably a draw in this game will boost their confidence ahead of what is expected to be a grueling campaign in the CAF Champions League.
CAN ENYIMBA STOP AHMED AKAICHI FROM WRECKING HAVOC AGAIN?
The big centre forward is undoubtedly Etoile's key man. He scored a brace in their 2-0 win against CA Bizerte at the weekend.
The Enyimba defence led by captain Chinedu Udoji kept him at bay in the first leg and must do the same on Wednesday to prevent the North Africans from staging a memorable comeback.
CAN ENYIMBA EXTEND UNBEATEN STREAK AGAINST ETOILE?
The Aba giants have won their last two meetings against Etoile. They defeated the Tunisians 5-3 on penalties in the final in 2004 and won the first leg 3-0 in Port Harcourt.
They are however lost 2-1 to their opponents on their last visit to the Olympic Stadium, Sousse.