Enyimba Chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi Agwu, has charged the team regarding the upcoming Nigeria Professional Football League season in a meeting with staff and players of the two-time African champions.
The address was, in a way, the culmination of a rigorous camping exercise which spanned the entire festive period. Enyimba made the decision to remain in closed camping through the Christmas and New Year celebrations, and Chief Anyansi Agwu was effusive in his appreciation of the sacrifice made by the team.
“What you did is highly commendable. It’s not easy for you to have deprived yourselves of the feeling of Christmas. I know there is already a reward. Something has already been added to you.
“I watched, from a distance, your reactions…even on social media, and I am strengthened by your discipline, commitment and professionalism. I seriously appreciate you, from the bottom of my heart.”
He laid out the targets for the season, and was particular that, despite the absence from the team of a number of key personnel due to involvement with the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) team, Enyimba hit the ground running right away.
“We are going to move on, in as much as we’ll miss them. We are also going to demonstrate that we have capacity. It’s an opportunity for others to prove themselves,” he asserted.
“We are hoping for them to do well, both for themselves and for the team. It is a huge statement, that we have five players (in the national team),” he stated.
“What denied us last season was a slow start. From day one, we want to start posting results. We’ve done it before; in this club, we set records, and we break our own records.
“Let our work speak for us. The only way to show how hard we have worked is by getting results. In our history, we don’t stay out [of the title picture] for too long. At least every other year, we win trophies. That is why it must be a target, for this team to win this year.”
Team vice-captain Ifeanyi Anaemena responded on behalf of the players, and expressed gratitude to Chief Anyansi Agwu for his support and encouragement, and was in agreement regarding the laid-out targets for the year.
“Thank you very much for your fatherly advice. We are going to go out and do what we do best, to ensure that this season is a trophy (sic) season,” Anaemena said.
The People’s Elephant will kick off the league campaign on Sunday, January 14, with a trip away to face Lobi Stars.