The two-time African champions lost 1-2 to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions, Sundowns, in their Caf Champions League matchday 2 group clash at the Lucas Masterpiece Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.
The successive defeats leave the People’s Elephant at the bottom of Group B without a point while the Zamalek SC and Sundowns are with three points apiece.
Ibenegbu said the Nigerian champions are very much in the qualification race with two more matches on the calendar.
“We the players are more disappointed than the fans with the 1-2 defeat at Mamelodi Sundowns.
“The result was not what we hoped for. Heading into the encounter we were positive to claim the three points at stake.
“However, we do not hope to continue crying over a split milk, rather to look forward positively to the remaining matches.
“We want to say that all hopes are not lost as far as qualification from the group is concerned.
“In football it’s not over until it’s completely over so we have to fight harder this time at the Egyptian side, Zamalek SC, for the three points at stake.
“It looks tough but not impossible to defeat Zamalek right there in Egypt now that the tie is essentially a must-win clash.
“I do not think it’s over for us, rather we want Nigerians to keep praying and supporting us to overcome the daunting task ahead.
“We have been on a similar path previously. We will certainly overcome the trying period and put smiles on the faces of Nigerians,” said the former Heartland and Warri Wolves playmaker.
Enyimba play Zamalek SC, on August 14 at the Petro Sport in Cairo, Egypt while the last group clash will be against Sundowns on August 23 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The topmost two teams are guaranteed semifinals spots in Africa’s elite clubs competition.