Okowa mobolises Warri Wolves for ‘operation beat Enyimba’
• We can’t afford to lose any point at this stage, say players.
After succumbing at home to FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 last week, players and officials of Warri Wolves say today’s rescheduled match against visiting Enyimba FC is a must win.
The Seasiders are battling to stay afloat in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), following series of poor results. They are currently in the 17th position on the log, a position football fans across the state are uncomfortable with. Anything short of victory against the Peoples’ Elephants today at the Warri City Stadium might further do damage to their ambition of swimming out of the relegation water.
An official of the club told The Guardian yesterday that the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has made available undisclosed amount of money as motivation for players and officials of Warri Wolves to beat Enyimba today.
It was further learnt that the governor had ordered the payment of all outstanding salaries and allowances for the team. “We just came out of a meeting with the players and their coaches, and the key issue we traced out was the concern shown by the governor towards their welfare. They are happy with the development on ground and they have given us their words that there will be no hiding place for Enyimba in this match,” the official stated.
According to the official, if Warri Wolves beat Enyimba in today’s match, and secure win against visiting Nasarawa United in another home game on Sunday, the club would definitely swim out of the relegation water. Wolves currently has 38 points on the table.
Meanwhile, officials of the Delta Sports Commission headed by Tony Okowa are said to have mobolised fans in Warri and its environs to come out in large number to cheer Wolves to victory in today’s clash against Enyimba.
It was learnt that all top officials of the commission relocated from Asaba to Warri yesterday for the ‘operation stop Enyimba.’
The Aba Warriors want to return to the top of the table at all cost so as to secure a continental slop next season. They arrived Warri three days ago for the clash with Wolves.
Enyimba who recently lost out in the group stage of the CAF Champions League, revived their continental ambition last week by beating Akwa United 2-1 in a matchday 33 fixture at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Today’s game against Warri Wolves will see coach Paul Aigbogun leading Enyimba against his former club, Warri Wolves.