Etoile fans hurl stones at Enyimba during team’s training sessions

By Richard Johnson

By Babatunde Koiki, live from Tunis

Enyimba International Football club got a taste of what to expect in Wednesday’s second round second leg CAF Champions League tie against Etoile du Sahel when they had insults and missiles hurled at them as they arrive at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse for a first feel of the turf.

The team arrived at the stadium at 7:00pm to a tense and particularly hostile atmosphere as a number of home fans lined the route into the pitch, hurling insults at the players and officials in French, Arabic and English.

When the players started warning up, a dozen fans invaded the pitch in an attempt to disrupt the training and the filming of events before they were escorted off the pitch by the police.

Not done, rocks were hurled at the players during their warm up with Enyimba players fleeing for safety. Calm was later restored when more security men arrived and some of the erring fans were escorted from the stadium.

“It’s because they are running scared,” said Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi Agwu. “They are condemned to score four unreplied goals in order to qualify. The fear of impending failure is making their fans act in such a manner. But by the grace of God, we will be victorious in spite of their antics.”

Winner of the tie on aggregate will qualify for the group stage of the competition.

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