Assistant Coach Yemi Olanrewaju, affectionately known as Coach Yema, has praised Enyimba’s outstanding performance in their 2-0 victory against Sporting Lagos in Aba on Sunday. Midfielders Eze Ekwutoziam and Elijah Akanni secured the win for the NPFL champions, showcasing dominance throughout the game and missing several opportunities to score more goals.
Coach Yema, standing in for Head Coach Finidi George, who is away on international duty with the Super Eagles, expressed satisfaction with his team’s flawless execution of the game plan. Despite the absence of top scorer Chijioke Mbaoma due to injury, the coach was pleased with the result.
Reflecting on the victory, Coach Yema stated, “It was a good win; we had a plan. We knew that they were not going to survive us. Truly, if we play to our potential, I don’t think any team (in the NPFL) can survive us.”
He emphasized the importance of stopping Sporting Lagos from building from the back and closing down their dangerous forward, Jonathan Alukwu, as part of the game plan. The coach praised his players for executing these instructions effectively, evident in Sporting Lagos having no shots at goal in the first half.
While acknowledging that they could have finished the game in the first half, Coach Yema highlighted the team’s continuous improvement, especially in scoring two goals in a single match—a feat not achieved at home since November of the previous year.
Enyimba’s win has elevated them to the 4th position on the NPFL log, accumulating 29 points from 15 matches, with two games still outstanding.