Enyimba 'opportunity' exciting for Galaxy

CAF Confederation Cup

TS Galaxy head coach Dan 'Dance' Malesela admits playing Enyimba is a huge step up for a GladAfrica Championship team.

Galaxy, who play their football in the village of Kameelrivier, KwaNdebele in Mpumalanga, continue to make South Africa proud on the continent.

In the CAF Confederation Cup group stage draw the 2019 Nedbank Cup champions were drawn against Nigerian super club Enyimba, a fixture Malesela says is a step up for his young team.

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"It's a game you know, so I know the name will always say something but for us it's a step ahead," Malesela tells KickOff.com.

"This is an opportunity for us, it's an opportunity for the boys to learn. Also for them to be able to adapt in different conditions of playing football. So already while they are still in this division and the fact that they played in different countries, it says a lot. It's some kind of experience for them."

Asked what his first reaction was when he realised he will be facing such a big club, the former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns captain tried not to get emotional.

"Ah...we never get emotional with these things, I hardly get emotional you know I just look at it as one of those things, because you are in a competition and you know the type of teams that you can face. So anything you know will be okay.

"We are in the process of extending ourselves as well as representing the country so, otherwise we wouldn't have won the Nedbank Cup. For us it's just to give people in the country something to write home about."

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Malesela says it would be difficult for him to predict if they stand any chance of beating the Nigerians.

"That I cannot predict because now I will be a prophet. I don't want to be a prophet. The game will tell us and we'll make the necessary adjustments. The game will tell us how to play and what to do.

"We didn't even talk about it [with the players at training]. We have a match against Swallows on Wednesday next week and then we play JDR Stars thereafter. So we must focus first on these games then we will think about Enyimba. I don't want us to be jumping all over the show.

"I have only talked to my technical team and administrators, but nothing about the match to the players because I don't want them to lose focus on what we are supposed to do immediately."

A total of 32 teams will be competing for 16 slots in the group stage. The first legs will start on October 27, with the second legs scheduled for November 3. This season both the Confederation Cup and Champions League will have a single final leg.

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