BY JOE APU
REIGNING Nigeria Premier League champions, Enyimba International of Aba went to Kano, saw and conquered 2-1 against host Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium, but got the beating of their lives, the bus driver beaten to pulp and the bus damaged.
According to Chairman of the Club, Felix Anyansi Agwu, who spoke with Daily SunSport, the team was attacked by irate fans for daring to come to Kano and beat their team.
“Enyimba players are being held hostage here and our bus damaged as well with our driver beaten. All these because we defied the form book to beat Kano Pillars 2-1 and denied them the chance to go top of the Nigeria league table.
“This is not good for Nigerian football. If a team plays well home or away and deserve to win, so be it. Why must teams win at home by all means? We watch leagues around the world and appreciate it when teams go away and record wins but frown at it here in Nigeria. Teams winning anywhere will help the growth of our league,” Anyansi stated.
By this result, Pillars thus stay in second place on 24 points from 14 matches, three points behind leaders, Enugu Rangers, while Enyimba climbed to 13th place with 17 points from 11 matches.
Experienced central defender, Ike ThankGod grabbed the match winner for Enyimba eight minutes from time in a rescheduled league match yesterday.
Pillars went in front through skipper Rabiu Ali after 20 minutes, before midfielder Nzube Anaezemba restored parity in the 51st minute.
Enyimba goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai on his first return to former club Pillars did not complete the game, as he was forced out by injury in the 83rd minute. He was replaced by Femi Thomas reported Africanfootball.com.
Pillars enjoyed the ball possession from start to finish, but Enyimba took their chances very well to inflict the first loss at home for their rivals this season.