Morning Enyimba family, or should I say, Good morning Elephants. Whichever you prefer. How’s your end? I’m sure you’re all getting set for next weekend. No, I’m not talking about the elections, I mean our Champions League fixture with Buffles du Borgou FC of Benin Republic.
Incidentally, the other three members of Nigeria’s Continental Contingent all play their first legs away from home, hence ours will be the only Continental fixture that will be played in the country.
Judging from what we saw at the Super-4, Kadiri Ikhana and his team of coaches have been working round the clock to get the side ready for the weekend. He said in an interview recently that plans have been far from ideal and on goal.com he said he cannot work any magic.
“We have not had a very good preparation for the Champions League and so I cannot perform any magic when the competition starts. We only just resumed training a few days before the Super Four, but we have not had enough time to prepare and some of the players are even complaining that they have not been paid, so it’s a problem. We will go into the competition and do our best but I cannot perform magic. We had a better preparation in 2003 when we won the competition, but it’s different this time and there is nothing I can do about it,”
What he stated is the fact, all is not well within the team but then, some of the lads are just eager to play in spite of the low key preparation. I believe that the management will do whatever is possible to get the lads ready mentally and ‘motivationally’ (I’m not sure that word exists in the dictionary tho).
In preparation, the team will face Abia Warriors tomorrow Sunday in a practice match ahead of the Champions League next week. Talk about the right opposition, Warriors have been in camp since late last year and Ladan Bosso’s men will prove a stern opposition on the day- exactly what the doctor prescribed.
It’s 4pm and if you are in town, please come and watch the team play. It’s not on tv so expect updates from the @enyimbaenyi Twitter handle.
On the injury front, Nzube Anaezemba landed awkwardly in training yesterday and damaged his wrist thus he is a major doubt for next weekend’s encounter. Aside him, everyone else is alive and well but you gotta feel for the guy, he’s never played in the Champions League and he’s been readying himself for this. Football can be cruel a times. Let’s hope his teammates do the job next week, he can feature in the return leg and subsequent games ahead.
That’s your lot for today, see you 4pm at the Enyimba Stadium.