Enyimba rebounds, beats Warri Wolves 1-0
CAF Champions League entrants, Enyimba of Aba, Monday in Abuja rose from their 0-2 defeat by the Flying Eagles to beat Warri Wolves 1-0 in their second game of the on-going Glo Nigeria Premier League Super Six Championship.
Enyimba, which looked too lethargic in their play on Saturday against the national Under-20 team, got the winning goal in the 15th minute of the game through Ifeanyi George’s spot kick. The Warri team were penalized after Oke Ogahotewho handled the ball in the box.
The win gives Enyimba three points, while Warri Wolves have no point after losing their two games.
The ‘Peoples Elephant’ have their goalkeeper, Moses Ocheje, to thank for the victory as he pulled of numerous saves to deny Warri Wolves the equalizer.
Both teams had chances to score after Enyimba went in front.
Speaking after the game, Enyimba’s assistant coach, Friday Christopher, said his team were gradually coming up and would soon hit the fitness top level.
“We are not even thinking of winning the Super 6, our aim is to build a squad ahead of the continental challenge. We’ve gotten a victory today but we haven’t got to that level of fitness we desire,” said Christopher.
He revealed, “We have also tried out some new players, like Moses Ocheje, who was in goal, Ifeanyi George and Ebenezer Odeyemi. We shall try out more players as we look ahead to build the team.”
To officials of Warri Wolves, yesterday’s game was an even game except for the only mistake their team made that resulted in that penalty.
“I think it was an even game except for the very expensive mistake we made that cost us the penalty,” said Coach Paul Aigbogun.
Paul Aigbogun, who led the Seasiders to the CAF Confederation Cup in 2012, said losing two games in a row isn’t a sign that Wolves will struggle on the continent.
“Even if we win this match, it won’t change our plans. It’s important we raise a squad that can stand any team.
“This is the best option for us to test players, we’ve had a couple of players we tried out today. A player who hasn’t played for the past two years had a chance today as well. It’s not about wining like I mentioned earlier. Enyimba won the Super 6 last year but they were knocked out of the CAF Champions League in the qualifying stage,” Aigbogun stated.