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Hope Rises Over Aba Stadium

Written By: Bibian Onwugbolu, Port Harcourt

Enyimba International of Aba chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu has raised the team’s hope of returning to their home ground in Aba and reclaiming the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) title.

Anyansi disclosed that his hope is based on the fact that materials for the renovation for the Enyimba Stadium in Aba had arrived Nigeria.

He also seized the opportunity to reiterate his belief and confidence in the coaching crew, led by Technical Adviser Gbenga Ogunbote, to deliver on the mandate laid down by the club.

A quest for an eighth league title hit a bump with last weekend’s defeat to Akwa United in Uyo, but there remains an assurance in the resolve of the team to peak at the right time going into the final stretch.

In a release signed by club’s press officer, Solace Chukwu, the news of the arrival of the materials for the completion of the stadium in Aba is encouraging.

The two-time African champions have been estranged from their formidable fortress in Aba for nearly two seasons due to crucial rehabilitation work and regrassing of the pitch by the Abia State Government.

Consequently, The People’s Elephant have played home games on various grounds, including Umuahia, Port Harcourt and, this season, U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

“The materials for the stadium have come in and it would be good for us to return to Aba with the title. The people of Aba would then welcome us with joy. I commend the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, for his commitment.

“It is not easy. The reconstruction came at a very difficult moment. When the contract was awarded, the dollar was at a particular level; subsequently, it has shot up, but he is still committed to it.

“It might also interest you to know that the materials for final laying of the grass have arrived. So, the contractor has given the signal and as soon as the container is cleared, the job will be completed.

“We are very hopeful that the team will start the new season in Aba, come next season,” said Anyansi-Agwu, who is also an executive committee member of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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