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NFF Stadium ban: Enyimba International FC Asst. Coach, Yemi says the team has magnetic connections with their fans

Posted : 20 March 2024

Coach Yemi Olarenwaju has dedicated Enyimba's victory over Niger Tornadoes on Sunday to the Fans of the People's Elephants'.

Recall that the Peoples Elephant are to play their next two league games behind closed doors as the management of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) banned the Enyimba International FC Stadium over infractions.

Enyimba's Assistant Coach Yemi, however, congratulated his boys for their resilience and focus during the game against the Ikon Allah Boys until the goals started coming. He expressed his disappointment at not having the fans at the stands during the NPFL matchday 26 encounter decided at the Enyimba Int'l Stadium, Aba.

He lauded Coach Finidi George's tactical setup in Enyimba, stressing that if the boys had converted the chances created, the scoreline could have been bigger than 3-1. He added that they are quickly shifting their attention to the next game against Kwara United in Ilorin next Sunday.

Second-half goals from Muyiwa Balogun, Elijah Akani, and Uche Collins were enough to tame the stubborn Minna-based side, who were unbeaten in four games prior to the game in Aba.

The Aba giants, who held Tornadoes in Kaduna to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture, missed a plethora of chances and also had keeper Djeri Bassa in fine form, keeping the away side's threats in check.

"Yeah, congratulations to the team, for me personally I would like to dedicate this victory to our fans.

``It's strange seeing the stadium empty, I am used to looking back and seeing the way the fans cheer us on, for me, it is a bit disappointing we didn't have our fans, but we keep getting the job done, that's the most important thing, and this victory is for our fans for the way they have been supporting us.

When asked about the consistency despite Coach Finidi's absence, he said: "What Coach Finidi has implemented in Enyimba is something very significant, the tactical setup and everything for the past two years have been very, very good.

``If the boys had taken the chances, I don't think we would have struggled in the first half, we were only a bit anxious to score, we created once every three minutes, that shows in the first half it could have been 4-0 or even 5-0 but it is what it is, and we have to manage the 3-1 scoreline, focus on the next game against Kwara United, and we know the league is going to be tough, it's a marathon, we play a game, we put it behind us, and focus on the next one. So all I'm thinking about now is the game against Kwara United,'' he said.


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