Enyimba head coach Paul Aigbogun has explained why the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side suffered a humiliating 0-3 defeat to CARA Brazzaville in Congo in a CAF Confederation Cup match on Wednesday.
Aigbogun believes that his team’s “poor” conversion rate in the fixture resulted in their defeat despite a decent display.
The People’s Elephant had 23 attempts at goal with just six on target without being converted — something Aigbogun now admits they have to work upon ahead of their upcoming matches in the club competition.
“If you look at the first five, 10 minutes we could have scored two goals but we didn’t and then the other team had three chances in a row and took their three chances. Football is about taking your chances and if you don’t take your chances you will pay for it.
“No I think we created a lot of chances but the execution of the chances was poor so we have to go back and work on finishing. That’s it,” he remarked.
“I don’t think we played badly. I think we just didn’t take our chances.”
The former Warri Wolves manager said it is not time to overreact in an alarming way as the two-time African champions still stand a chance of progressing out of their group despite the defeat in Congo.
He has also played down suggestions of a possible rejigging of his playing personnel, especially the starters, explaining that it was a first defeat for the club in the competition in six matches.
“The beautiful thing about the group stage is that it is a (mini) league and not like a knockout (format) where we would have needed to go back and work on scoring four goals, or three. We took three points from the first game, the other team went away and didn’t take any point but took the points in this game, so we go home and hope we take the points in our next game.
“It is our first defeat in five or six games in this competition, so you don’t make changes after one game. It is a game of football played by human beings, some days they have a good day, others they have it bad. So this was a bad day,” said Aigbogun.
Enyimba’s next Confederation Cup game is in July against Ivorian club Williamsville AC who currently top Group C with four points.
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