Aba - Enyimba FC Technical Adviser Kadiri Ikhana has said he
is relieved that they have finally beaten neighours, Abia Warriors in the
league for the first time.
Before the week 36 encounter at the Umuahia Township Stadium
at the weekend, Abia Warriors remained the only side not to have fallen to the
superior fire power of the six-time Nigerian Champions in the league and Ikhana
said he was happy to have broken the jinx.
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“Don’t forget it was a local derby, so it was not going to
be easy. Last season, the Warriors beat us in our home at Aba, so beating them here
has made it one-one,” he said.
Ikhana, who won the African Champions league with Enyimba in
2003 said the victory has further rekindled their resolve to approach their
last home game of the season against their closest rivals, Warri Wolves with
more determination, adding that with God on their side, they will lift their
seventh league diadem.
On his own, Abia Warriors Technical Adviser, Isa Ladan Bosso
said the oriental derby lived up to billing as victory could have gone either side.
“First and foremost, I must appreciate the effort of my boys
in this game. Playing against Enyimba is never going to be easy anyday. In this
match, I would say that the luckier side won the encounter, not the better
side. All the same I say congratulations to Enyimba for their victory,” Bosso
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