Wydad seek Aba win to reach Champions League final

Enyimba striker Victor Barnabas
Enyimba coach Okey Emordi has Victor Barnabas, above, available again after the striker missed the first leg because of injuries sustained in a car crash

The coach of Wydad Casablanca says his side wants victory against Enyimba on Sunday, despite only needing a draw to reach the Champions League final.

The Moroccans will take to the field in the Nigerian city Aba, holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

"Like any ambitious team, we are going to Nigeria with the intention of winning," says Michel Decastel.

Wydad have not reached the final of African football's premier club competition since winning it in 1992.

Despite enjoying numerous attacks during the first leg of the semi-final earlier this month, Wydad's goal came in the dying moments through Pascal Angan.

The Moroccans, who arrived in Nigeria on Friday morning, must do without Said Fettah given his suspension following a red card against Mouloudia d'Alger.

Enyimba, meanwhile, will hope that their fine form at home continues with the People's Elephant having won five, drawn one and netted 11 goals in six Champions League ties.

The two-time African club champions must win by two goals if they are to avoid going out on away goals or needing penalties to reach the final.

"We have come a long way in this competition so it is really important that we cross this hurdle by beating Wydad and qualifying to the final, where anything can happen," defender Chinedu Udoji told enyimbafc.net.

"People are afraid that they may play the same way they did in Morocco by attacking us throughout but that is not possible.

"In football, you have a pattern at home and you have a pattern away. They attacked us like that because that's their home - they can't do it here in Aba."

Enyimba, who bowed out in the semi-finals as recently as 2008, had gone eleven games unbeaten in this year's Champions League until losing in Casablanca earlier this month.

Coach Okey Emordi has Victor Barnabas available again after the striker missed the first leg with injuries sustained in a road crash.

Junior Osagie has also regained fitness, meaning the Aba side will be confident of finding the goals they need to reach the final.

"I'm sure a lot of our fans watched the game in Morocco and saw how their fans came out in large numbers to cheer them," added Udoji.

"That's the same way they need to come out and support us. With God on our side and our fans behind us, Wydad will stand no chance."

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