By Sab Osuji:
Victor Ezeji says he's convinced Enyimba will overcome Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel in their next CAF Champions League Second Round match, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Enyimba set up a last round qualification clash with the Tunisian side following a 6-3 aggregate victory over Vita'O of Burundi in the First Round.
Ezeji, a veteran of Nigerian League and 2003 CAF Champions League winner with Enyimba, says the People's Elephant have all it takes to qualify for the group stage of the competition and should have themselves to blame if they fail.
Enyimba retained the CAF Champions League in 2004 after a dramatic penalty kicks win over Etoile du Sahel at Abuja National Stadium! and Ezeji believes the Elephants can still do it again.
"I've watched two Enyimba's matches in the CAF Champions League and I must say they have improved, especially the last home game against the Burundian side, Vital'O," Ezeji tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
"If they continue in that form, yes, I can beat my chest and say they will make the group stage at the expense of Etoile du Sahel.
"You know the most important aspect of a team and which underlines their strength and quality, is their reserve bench.
"In this regard, Enyimba have it even in abundance, and that's a big plus for them.
"In 2003 when we won the CAF Champions League, remember then I was with Enyimba, we did not meet Etoile du Sahel.
"But in 2007, I moved to Club Africain of Tunisia, that gave me a vintage opportunity to know them and the way they play.
"That could be a long way now, but I know they always rely on counter attacking football.
"They have very fast wingers who always deliver the balls inside the box with their strikers well on time to meet the crosses.
"But despite this quality, I do not have any fears, whatsoever, about Enyimba, except they decide not to play".
Etoile du Sahel are second in the 16-team Tunisian Premier League table, with 50 points from 19 matches.
They have played a game less than leaders, CS Sfaxien who have 52 points from 20 matches, with Esperance on third spot with 48 points from 19 matches.