Head coach of Enyimba Kadiri Ikhana has disclosed that he is not sure of his side’s ability to succeed on the continent with eight days to their opening game in the Caf Champions League.
The two-time African champions are expected to host Benin’s Buffles du Borgou on the weekend of February 13-15 in the first leg of their preliminary round in Aba, but team is plighted with issues of unpaid allowances to players among others.
Ikhana, who is the first Nigerian coach to win the coveted continental crown in 2003 with Enyimba insists he cannot ‘perform any magic’ accessing the ill-preparation of the People’s Elephants amidst other challenges.
“We have not had a very good preparation for the Champions League and so I cannot perform any magic when the competition starts,” Ikhana told media.
“We only just resumed training a few days before the Super Four, but we have not had enough time to prepare and some of the players are even complaining that they have not been paid, so it’s a problem.
“We will go into the competition and do our best but I cannot perform magic. We had a better preparation in 2003 when we won the competition, but it’s different this time and there is nothing I can do about it,” he said.
Enyimba finished fourth at the recent-concluded Super Four tournament with seven points in the six-team round-robin football championship.