Of Fatai’s Dismissal, Finidi’s Coming And A Victory-Hungry Enyimba Int’l FC

By Daily Sports on September 6, 2021

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Fatai, the immediate past chief sweat merchant of Enyimba International FC, has a good great heart. He knew how best to win even hard-hearted soul.  His thank you message to Enyimba International FC fans, players, management and sundry gave him out as sportsman of the first order.

When I read his journey to the first-rate team in Nigerian club football management I was instantly disarmed. Tears and emotion flew freely in me visibly that many colleagues in the beautifully arranged and organised newsroom noticed and inquired what was wrong.

Let me reveal this for the first time to you that I am such a man that whenever I'm overwhelmed by emotion I always took refuge in shedding tears either of joy or otherwise. Let me also quickly add here that such nature never took off anything from me being a courageous man, fearless and blunt core professional who calls a spade by its name.

Truth is that from where Fatai was coming from as a coach when he joined Enyimba International FC showed that he knew his onions in the tactical and technical game. He performed beautifully. He came to a high-profile team like Enyimba as a nobody but he worked his heart out, learnt from his mistakes, went ahead to crack his brain to ensure the high flier team kept going steady.

He is one of the big names in coaching today in Nigeria. Love him or hate him.  Foremost he is a loyal and patient worker. Fatai’s  most trying period in Enyimba was last season when first rate player left the side in doves to Rivers United he had to pick up from what was left to prosecute very Flamboyant  CAF Champs League which I doffed my cap for him using near inexperienced lads for the Champ.

I digress; Fatai won my heart instantly unlike many Nigerian characters. I am one of the few that kept the coach on his toes through his stay in the Aba based side. It was all for the good of the game. He saw it that way and never complain each time we met after his former side’s game.

In short, he is a core sportsman. No grudges at all. He did his best in the high profile team leading them to win the NPFL, tutoring the team to the quarter final of last year’s CAF  Confederation Cup and the Aba team finished third on the log which thus qualified the team to bear Nigeria’s flag in the same second tie of Africa’s club Championship.

Fatai tried to carry the two times CAF Championships League high and his appreciation of all that he worked with gave him out as a grateful heart. Also declaring himself as a number one supporter of the team further showed how his mind and heart is for the Aba Elephants.

Daily Sports (www.dailysportsng.com) team wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.

As Fatai just left the scene Felix Anyansi Agwu the man I have always referred to as great risk bearer is at it again. Many thought he would go for an experienced coach to handle a high flying team like Enyimba International FC again he went his way opted for a rookie but UEFA certificated coach, Findi George. George was first rate ex-international that plied his trade with great club side in their right in Europe.

Nobody will take away from him of great performance during his playing days. For records he was in the World Cup in Nigeria colours in the maiden edition of US 1994 the version in France in 1998. In that colouration therefore, one hopes he will translate same into the world of coaching and starting off on this high note places a lot on his shoulders.

For the records I met him a couple of time before now. He is a gentle man who listens and talks less. I first met him in his days in Sharks FC then his upward journey to stardom thus far. We met in Tunisia 1994 AFCON where Nigeria won. Again in US 1994 and France 1998. He could do well in Enyimba.

Felix Anyansi Agwu one hopes is not acting a script again on this young inexperienced coach as prelude to his appointment into one of the national teams which he was speculated for. I remained surprised for his name to crop up and he pronto was handed the job of a one stop club like Enyimba. One is saying this because from experience, Felix Anyansi Agwu had been used for such purpose before when he employed Paul Aigbogun who contributed vitally nothing for the development of the Peoples Elephant team but used the platform to grab the national U-23 Eagles team.

Although Findi George has been given as target of qualifying the Aba team to the group stage of CAF Confederation Cup summit. I am rest assured that if reports are anything to rely upon, the management has recruited few but one of the best legs that would fortify the team and replace Emmanuel Anayo and co that left the club for more money abroad.

However one gives it to Anyansi Agwu for his eye on super material that fits in perfectly into his team’s needs or lineup. I am also hopeful that Findi George like the past coaches would get the best of cooperation in order to move the team forward. That would not be lacking at all. Enyimba made good money via the selling of Emmanuel Anayo to the Tunisian giant Esperance FC and his other teammate plus CAF cash to the team for making it up to the quarter final stage of its second tie competition.

It is no longer a hidden fact that Finidi George is the helmsman in Abia State’s team Enyimba International FC. One would not fail to wish him all the best. He must have been told in clearer terms that Aba fans love a performing coach overseeing a winning and mobile team. Again that Enyimba is the only thing good that has happened to the citizenry in time like this in the country and the 30-year-old state. Loving Aba fans are lovers all.

As Daily Sports wait keenly we wish Finidi George the best fruitful stay with the Peoples Elephant team where he would have his hands full where the watch word always is thick skin, patient, result oriented, transparency, etc.

Our social media handles are trending and we keep eye on the ball. Keep shooting hard till next week as the struggle continue!!

Source Daily Sports

Posted September 6, 2021


 

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