Enyimba defender Pascal Eze has termed his team’s participation in the inauguration edition of the African Football League (AFL) as ‘historic’ and sees an opportunity to write his name in gold.

The People’s Elephant is one of the eight teams that have been selected to take part in the inaugural edition of the tournament which kicks off on October 21.

Speaking to the club’s website, Eze who was one of the key players when Enyimba won the league title last season said:” The African Football League (AFL) is the first of its kind and iam happy to be part of it.

“This is a wonderful time to play for Enyimba and iam happy that I will be part of those making history for this club by playing in this competition.”

He added:” We know that it is now on us to make our fans proud because we know they will come to support us. We cannot afford to let them down.”

Eze who missed the team’s Champions League match against Libyan club Ah Ahli Bengazi with a thigh injury is back to training and admits it was frustrating to miss the match against the Libyan side.

“To be honest, it was not easy for me because the Champions League is something I always prayed to play. Seeing myself out of the game was not easy but I had to be strong because it was an injury and injuries are part of the game.

“The most important thing is that now iam strong and healthy and able to concentrate on the tasks ahead. Right now we have a lot of competitions ahead, the African Football League (AFL) is coming and the NPFL is there as well. We have to defend the league so we have to really work hard at this point so we don’t disappoint our fans.”