By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigerian champions, Enyimba, will look to scale through into the prestigious group phase of the CAF Champions League when they confront Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia on Wednesday night at the Olympic Stadium, Sousse, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Peoples Elephant won the first leg 3-0 and are poised to make it into the group stages of the competition for the first time since 2011.
They will however be without brilliant winger, Joseph Osadiaye, who is suspended for the game, while there are concerns over the fitness of dependable midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu.
Despite their comfortable lead, the Aba giants must be at their best against the Tunisians who are desperate to cross the second round hurdle and are up to all kinds of antics to destabilise the Nigerians.
Already the interior ministry in Tunisia has approved the sale of 20,000 tickets for the game and Enyimba can expect a hostile atmosphere at the match venue.
Reports emanating from Sousse have been far from pleasant with Etoile officials engaging in underhand tactics to frustrate Enyimba players and officials.
"We are ready for the task ahead and won't be deterred by the hostile environment," midfielder Dare Ojo told Completesportsnigeria.comTuesday night after the team's first training session at the Olympic Stadium.
"We expected them to be unfriendly towards us going by the antecedents of the North Africans and there is nothing they will do that will stop us from qualifying."
"Thank God we have a good lead from the first leg and we are going to do all we can to protect that.
The overall winners of the tie will compete in the lucrative group stages of the competition.
The match will kick off at 7pm Nigerian time.