The Government of Abia State in South East Nigeria, has presented the state’s second highest honour to the Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, the Chairman of two –time CAF Champions League winners, Enyimba Football Club of Aba.
Anyansi-Agwu, a ranking member of the Nigeria Football Federation board, is the most successful club football administrator in Nigeria. To his credit, Anyasi-Agwu has dozens of trophies from different competitions since he started managing Enyimba 20 years ago.
He is perhaps the longest serving football club administrator in Nigeria having worked under three Abia State’s administrations.
The Award was presented to the one –time Vice Chairman of then Nigeria Football Association by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu during the 27th anniversary of the creation of Abia State at the International Conference Centre, Umuahia on Monday, 27th August 2018.
Under him, Enyimba became the first and the only winning club of the continent’s elite club competition, the CAF Champions League.
It was a feat he achieved in 2003. Before the Enyimba victory, 15 Nigerian clubs in 39 years had struggled in vain.
In 2004, Enyimba became the first club in 36 years to win the continent title back-to-back.
At the moment, Enyimba FC is Nigeria’s only remaining club in continental competition this year, and apart from its several other feats, has won the Nigeria top division title seven times, including a hat-trick on the trot between 2001 and 2003, and took the Federation Cup title in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014.
A last –gasp winner over visiting CARA Brazzaville of Congo at the newly –renovated Enyimba International Stadium on Wednesday took Enyimba to the quarter finals of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup as group winners, and they await their last eight opponents at the draw scheduled for the CAF headquarters in Cairo on Monday.
A proven achiever and excellent leader of men, Anyansi-Agwu, who holds a degree in business management from the Abia State University, Uturu has also personally won a bagful of awards, including Manager of the Year at the African Football Awards in 2004 and 2005 and the AIT/MTN Nigeria Club Administrator of the Year gong in 2010.
“I am grateful to God Almighty for the award and I want to say a big thank you to the Government of Abia State, particularly Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for this recognition. I am committed to doing my very best for the upliftment of Enyimba FC, football in Abia State and Nigerian Football in general,” Anyansi-Agwu told thenff.com