By Joe Apu
Chairman of Enyimba Football Club, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, has raised the hopes of fans of the team in reclaiming the Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL title and returning to their home ground in Aba.
Anyansi-Agwu’s hope is based on the fact that materials for the renovation for the Enyimba Stadium in Aba had arrived Nigeria.
In a release signed by club’s press officer, Solace Chukwu, the news of the arrival of the materials for the completion of the stadium in Aba is encouraging. The two-time African champions have been estranged from their formidable fortress in Aba for nearly two seasons due to crucial rehabilitation work and regrassing of the pitch by the Abia State Government. Consequently, the People’s Elephants have played home games on various grounds, including Umuahia, Port Harcourt and, this season, the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
“The materials for the stadium have come in and it would be good for us to return to Aba with the title. The people of Aba would then welcome us with joy. I commend the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, for his commitment,” said Anyansi-Agwu.
“It is not easy. The reconstruction came at a very difficult moment. When the contract was awarded, the dollar was at a particular level; subsequently, it has shot up, but he is still committed to it.
“It might also interest you to know that the materials for final laying of the grass have arrived. So, the contractor has given the signal and as soon as the container is cleared, the job will be completed. We are very hopeful that the team will start the new season in Aba, come next season.”
He also seized the opportunity to reiterate his belief and confidence in the coaching crew, led by Technical Adviser Gbenga Ogunbote, to deliver on the mandate laid down by the club. A quest for an eighth league title hit a bump with last weekend’s defeat to Akwa United in Uyo, but there remains an assurance in the resolve of the team to peak at the right time going into the final stretch.
“I love coach [Ogunbote], and we are working together to ensure that he succeeds. His success is mine as well.
“We have given him more leeway than any other coach who has worked here in my time as Chairman, because we believe in his abilities,” the Chairman concluded.