22nd December, 2010
Former Enyimba captain, Ajibade Omolade, has warned the Aba side to rise up to the occasion if they want to make any impression in domestic and continentalÂ assignments in the New Year.
The present Enyimba squad lost their fourth match this term at Plateau United after previous defeats at lowly Bukola Babes, Kano Pillars and Sunshine Stars.
Omolade, who was on the bench when his present team, Plateau United, defeated Enyimba by a lone goal told SuperSport.com that the team look unconvincing.
â€œEnyimba didnâ€™t look like champions to me. They must work hard to make an impact,â€ said Omolade, who spent seven seasons at Enyimba before a stint at topÂ Sudanese side, Al-Hilal.
The departure of top stars like Ofem Onah, Cletus Itodo and Phillip Auta, who recently won an appeal at the Nigeria Football Federation, appears to haveÂ weakened the â€˜Aba Elephant.â€™
Enyimba lie 13th on the log with only three victories from seven matches. Interestingly, all three victories came from matches at home.
The Aba side rose to the zenith of club football in the continent after back-to-back victories in the CAF hampions league (2003, 2004) and super cup (2004,Â 2005).
An impressive performance in the 2009 Federation cup presented fresh opportunities in the Caf confederation cup, but Zambian side, Zanaco rubbished Enyimbaâ€™sÂ adventure in Africaâ€™s second rated club competition.