Ahead of their first leg, second-round clash against Al-Merriekh in Omdurman, Sudan, Enyimba Head Coach Fatia Osho is confident his boys will pick a positive result despite being without the services of three key players, reports.

The two-time African champions are without talismanic forward Victor Mboma who is out with an ankle injury whilst the duo of Cyril Olisema and Imoh Obak missed the clash after they both failed to make the trip to Sudan.

“Yes, it’s really a shame that those players will not be with us, they are key members of the team and have been doing well for the team. But this is Enyimba and we have the quality to replace them and have been working hard for an eventuality like this.

“We have those players that can step in and fill the vacuum; that tells you how rich we are in terms of playing personnel and we have been working hard towards a successful outing in Omdurman and i believe strongly that the boys will come to the party,” Osho said.

The former Remo Stars gaffer further gave his view on the prolonged absence in competitions back home in the NPFL, stating that his side have really struggled in terms of competitive football with his opponents having the edge in that aspect.

“It’s not really a good state that our league has been on break for a long time. You can’t be at home since March and then be going into a competitive setting like this while your league is on recess, I believe strongly that the LMC can do better in that aspect.

“If Nigerian teams are able to make it as far as the quarterfinals of the continental competitions without the league being active, you can imagine what we can achieve if we had an active league; it shows we are underachieving and it’s not good for our football.

“The Rahimo team we played in the first round were already in week 13 of their league and the fact that we defeated them doesn’t mean it’s right to now play without having a competitive league in session,” Osho concluded.