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Our defeat in Omdurman will spur us, says Enyimba’s Mohammed


Peoples Elephant host Abia Warriors in Aba today

Enyimba must draw lessons from difficult moments and challenge themselves to higher achievements amidst challenges.


This is the verdict of Ghanaian midfielder Farouk Mohammed, as the People’s Elephant regroup for their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) opener against Abia Warriors today.

Enyimba comes into the NPFL fixture on the back of a demoralising defeat by Al Merreikh in the Champions League, having gone down 3-0 to the Sudanese side in the first round fixture.

Farouk, who led the team in Omdurman following the absence of captain Austin Oladapo, is, however, of the opinion that the result, if well harnessed, can spur the team to a good run on both domestic and continental fronts.


He said: “This kind of result comes once in a while. Even the biggest teams sometimes suffer such defeats, but it is all about how you handle it.

“We are experienced players and we know if we continue to believe in ourselves and not dwell so much on it, it can motivate us to go on a good run.

“The coaches have been speaking to us, counselling us to remain optimistic, and if every player can handle it that way, then we can bounce back easily.

“Abia Warriors is not an easy game but we have to start from there. We have to start to build our confidence and return to winning ways because the league will be very competitive this season.”

The Abia derby, originally scheduled for yesterday, was moved by 24 hours for broadcast reasons.

Although spectators won’t be allowed into the venue in observance of COVID-19 protocols, fans can enjoy live coverage of the game on the app and on NTA.


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