Monday, August 09, 2010

Peoples Elephant aims for treble

Six-time Premier League champion, Enyimba, is aspiring to add a third trophy to its cabinet in the 2009/2010 season after winning its second at the just-concluded Super Four in Ijebu-Ode on Sunday.
Captain of the Peoples Elephant, Okey Odita, exclusively told that after winning the Super Four trophy at the Gateway International Stadium over the weekend, the club’s next target is adding the FA Cup – now known as the Federation Cup – to its intimidating trophy cabinet.
Odita said though the players are a bit fatigue from playing in the CAF Confederation Cup and the Super Four, they are ready to give Kaduna United a fight for the cup final scheduled to hold at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano this weekend.
“I am happy that I am the captain of this great team. Enyimba have won almost every cup there is to win in the history of football in Nigeria and even Africa. We had hoped that we could have won the Confederation Cup but somehow we didn’t. May be Enyimba is too big a club to win that cup because we have won the (CAF) Champions League twice. But really we wanted to win the Confederation Cup but we couldn’t.
“Now we are hoping to win our third cup this year and that is very possible. Kaduna United is definitely not a small team because they have done well to reach this stage of the competition and we will not underrate them at all. I know that they beat Rangers before getting to the final, and that means they are a very good team. But we are ready for them because we are not afraid of playing any club whether in Nigeria or Africa,” said Odita.
The 26-year-old centre-back is also happy that he and his team-mates were able to give their club chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, a befitting gift by winning the Super Four on his birthday last Sunday.
The former Enugu Rangers’ man is, however, unperturbed about the fact that the venue of the cup final will be favourable to Kaduna United in terms of proximity.
“We have never been afraid of playing anywhere in the country provided that we get a fair officiating. All we will do is go to Kano and win the trophy for our team. We just showed that we can win anywhere by winning the Super Four on our chairman’s birthday,” said Odita.

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