BY PROMISE ETIM.
At full time on Sunday at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, former champions, Enyimba International had managed to score their first double numbers this season and it gave cause for Manager, Paul Aigbogun to spare a mild smile and express delight that the seeming scoring jinx had snapped,.
Winners of the league on seven previous occasions, Enyimba have netted eight times and conceded six in the current campaign, but have failed in all nine matches before Sunday to put two behind any of their opponents in those nine games.
There have been lone goal wins against Nasarawa United, Abia Warriors and Plateau United and draws in Makurdi, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, and Kano on their turf against Heartland as well as a 2-0 slump to Katsina United.
But, Coach Aigbogun believes that the goal scoring difficulty may have ended with the double strike from Stephen Chukwude and Ifeanyi Anaemena in the win against the Akure Gunners.
In a chat with npfl.ng, shortly after the fixture, the former Warri Wolves gaffer described the win as a turning point.
“We are glad we scored more than once today. We have not done that since the start of the season. It was a difficult game and we made the right changes that brought us the result. It is a turning point for the team”.
“The players are working very hard and doing what they ought to do. We have to put behind our challenges, but keeping the momentum is also key”, he added.
Stephen Chukwude (12th minute) and Ifeanyi Anaemena (70th minute) got the goals that earned Enyimba the victory, but the latter’s own goal had drawn the visitors level earlier in the second half.
Enyimba are still without the services of league record goal scorer, Mfon Udoh, who is recovering from a knee problem.
The club for the first time this season is having a sniff at the title, tying at the top on 17 points with Kano Pillars who enjoy superior goals advantage to occupy the first position.