By Jon Chinatu.
Success definitely comes at a cost but with the terrain in Nigeria football, the cost of success more often than not, is higher than the actual success.
In Nigeria, Enyimba International FC is unarguably the most successful football club with seven league titles, two CAF Champions League titles and two CAF Super Cups alongside some domestic FA Cups to their name.
This team has played the last two seasons away from their traditional home ground in Aba and have paid 150 million naira already for a project that was actually meant to cost 100 million naira and are also expected to pay an extra 30 million naira more before they can return to their new look ground that can match up to their pedigree.
For the meantime, the People’s Elephants, as they’re popular known as have made Calabar their temporary home and seem to have settled in to the city but are yet to attract the fans, thereby struggling to fill the stands.
This season, being the only Nigerian club in any CAF Competition, Enyimba have a lot of fixtures in their schedule which have seen them ask for some rest periods so they can be fresh for their continental engagements. A bulk of the players in the team have been in and out of injuries and a few need some rest after playing almost all the games so far.
As if injuries and fixture congestion were not enough, individual successes for their coach, Paul Aigbogun and players like Wasiu Alalade, Ikoeuwem Udoh Utin, and Maxwell Effiom has seen them well involved in the Flying Eagles set up and with goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa called up to the Super Eagles squad, there is further depletion in the ranks of the Aba club.
Irrespective of all these, Enyimba still have chances of doing well in all competitions they’re participating in and look ready to pay all the prices for their success this season not minding how high and tasking it will be.
The reward for success is obviously more hard work and that is what Enyimba must do to end the season on a high once again as we all know them for.