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2018/2019 NPFL Crown: Will Enyimba be 8th time lucky? 



Crown (Preview)

The Aba Warriors founded 1976 may be, arguably, the most decorated club side in Nigeria for now owing to the many trophies won both locally and internationally.

The club reigns supreme in the early periods of the 2000 winning the league back-to-back then, and also proceeded to win the African Champions League back-to-back in 2003 and 2004 and retained African Super Cup in 2004 and 2005.

The team also has gone to win the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014, while winning the Nigeria Super Cup 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2013.

With 43 years of existence and 20 Cup titles in their kitty, Enyimba seats comfortably as the club with a rich history of title holders, four more than their closest rivals, Ranger International with 16 titles but founded in 1970.

Although Enyimba is being touted as one of the richest clubs in Nigeria, which could be true as its management is well structured and funded.

In 2018, the African Football Confederation (CAF) ranked the Peoples Elephant the 13th best club in Africa thus, emerging as the best ranked team in Nigeria even above clubs such as Al-Merreik of Sudan and Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

Although Enyimba came third in the league standings in the Group A hostilities where they played 22 games, and got 33 points.

For the Super 6 Playoff, the Usman AbdAllah-tutored side has won three matches, at the first match; the club defeated its arch-rival, Rangers FC but lost to Kano Pillars FC 0-2.

The third match saw the Peoples Elephant return to winning ways by defeating the defending champions, Lobi Stars 3-1 and also defeated FC Ifeanyi Ubah with the same scoreline.

Enyimba leads the play-off Super Six table with nine points followed by Kano Pillars with eight points.

Though the coast is not yet clear for the Aba Warriors because they have the Masu Gida team from Kano to contend with; more battles lies ahead as they will confront Akwa United a team also chasing a continental slot.

For the records, Akwa United cannot afford a loss if they will have a position in the continental slots the second place in behind the league winners.

Speaking on the chances of his team winning the league, Enyimba Coach, AbdAllah, said that his team deserved to win the coveted trophy.

“We have worked for it right from the inception of the Super 6, we fought for every match though we lost to Kano Pillars,’’ he said.

For the last match to be played on the new Democracy Day, June 12, Enyimba FC will square up against Akwa United, while Kano Pillars confront Lobi Stars and the last match between Rangers International and FC Ifeanyi Ubah.


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