Ikechukwu Ezenwa was just on break when his team played out a one goal win in Nnewi and he admitted he must be at his best to keep his team going and also make them advance to the next round of CAF Confederation Cup against Al-Masry FC of Egypt. He says he has the experience to move his team to the next stage. He spoke to Olayinka Elebute.
Their goalkeeper was a hit man in Nigeria. That means the focus will be on Ezenwa. So, what do you think you need to do with your teammates to get the result for FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Egypt?
The goalkeeper kept them in the game, he did his best, he is a good goalkeeper and he was fantastic in the game. I think our going there is all about self confidence and belief that we can do it and I know the task ahead the players in the team, we know what we need to do to make sure we qualify for the next round. The most important thing is that we’ve seen them play and we know what it takes to handle them their in Egypt and I think I’ll say for me being the captain I’ll do everything possible to make sure we qualify.
Are you disappointed in your strikers because they had series of chances but could only convert one.
No I’m not disappointed in them because they’re good strikers and as I said, their goalkeeper was fantastic, he pulled a lot of saves and the attackers were doing the right thing but the ball just didn’t go inside the net because the goalkeeper was outstanding. So, I think in Egypt we’re going to do our best and we’re going to score goals.
How do you want your defenders to be outstanding today in Egypt?
I think a lot communication will have to pass through each other because that is the most important thing. Once there’s positive communication it’s going to help us very well. We have to see their strategy how they play. I think they always believe in the man upfront so I think if we have positive communication between each other which I’m going to do as the goalkeeper that watches their back, I think we’re going to come out victoriously in Egypt.
You’re the captain and goalkeeper, how do you expect your strikers to get the needed goals in Egypt?
We always have positive communication before the game. We’ll talk to each other because everyone knows what is at stake especially the defence. We’ll have to defend very well to make sure we don’t concede, and the attackers we’ll have to score and also help the defenders. Wherever you find yourself without the ball, you’re a defender. And myself from the back I’ve to be passing information from the midfielders to the attack so that everyone will know what is at stake. That is the most important thing.
What do you think your teammates need to do that we can come back to Nnewi to cheer you guys for the next game.
It’s all about determination. That’s all we’ve to do, which we’ve started already. We went for training the next morning after the match we were supposed to be resting but we know what opposition and pressure we’re going to face in Egypt and we go out the next morning. It’s all about determination and we pray for God’s favour.
As the leader and captain of the team how do you charge your teammates on the field of play?
We just need the right mind to achieve that, we meet to discuss and know what we’ve to do there. Before we land in Egypt, we must know what we want to achieve there. It boils down to determination and I know that is the key.
Any extra motivation from the team?
Yes! There’s motivation from the management and every other person that wish the team well and we the players are motivated to go through to the next stage of the competition.