Embattled Dakkada got an unusual result on Sunday when against all expectations, Enyimba crumbled 2-0 at home.
The victory was Dakkada’s first away win of the season and their first since June last year. However, their coach, Umar Danlami does not believe the result was a fluke.
He told the LMC news platform, www.npfl.ng
that ‘it was a result his side came to Aba earn.’
After drubbing Enyimba 2-0 in Aba to end the team’s continental aspiration via the NPFL, Dakkada head coach Umar Danlami strongly believes that his side still swimming in the murky waters of relegation will not sink.
Enyimba had needed the game to remain in contention for the third position on the log which attracts a ticket into the CAF Confederation Cup.
But the dreams have ended up in smokes. But in a battle of contrasting interest, Dakkada fighting to remain in the elite league division proved stronger than their hitherto highly respected sides and easily one of the legacy clubs in Nigerian football.
After a goalless first half, Dakkada went in front in the 56th minute when centre back Arise Ogundare rifled home from close range after the Enyimba defence failed to clear a corner kick.
With the game drawing to a close, in-form attacker Edidiong Ezekiel headed home beautifully from Uwana Asuquo’s cross in stoppage time to seal an unquantifiable win for his side.
“It’s a mixed feeling,” the former Kada City coach told www.npfl.ng when asked how the feeling was.
“I know definitely we came here to pull out something and it came our way so we thank God. It’s been a very difficult season but the boys were able to keep their heads down to produce such an important result.”
Dakkada still have a realistic chance of beating the drop but must earn it on the final day with a good win over Sunshine Stars while also hoping that results from other grounds favour them.
Danlami says his side must give it their all.
“We need to approach our last match with all we’ve got. I think, hopefully, with the way things are going now, the boys will do well.
“It is football anyway, sometimes, what you hear is not what it is but anybody that knows Dakkada knows that we play good football since way back but this has happened and we’re trying to come back and there is still hope of escape,” he added.