June, 12 2023.
..As Obioma, Finidi, GK Ojo & Nwachukwu Scoops Individual Awards...
Chairman of the dissolved board of Enyimba FC of Aba, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu has paid glowing tribute to the newly inaugurated governor, Dr. Alex Otti and people of Abia State for their unflinching support, which he said made it possible for the club to win the 2023 NPFL Championship Play-offs.
Speaking after Enyimba were held 1-1 by dethroned champions Rivers United in the play-offs finalé on Saturday, Anyansi-Agwu said following the change in government, and dissolution of the board of Enyimba, there were a lot of uncertainties and hurdles; the twice African Champions needed to scale, before going to Lagos for the Super Six.
"The board was already dissolved and I could have simply walked away, but it was registered in my conscience that I should do something. It wasn't easy because it was a new administration; but when eventually I presented the case file, the governor instantly gave directives, and that's how we managed to make it to Lagos. We dedicate the trophy to him", Anyansi-Agwu told the media.
He admitted to battling nerves, towards the end of Saturday's pulsating draw with a very good Rivers United side, but noted that it was pleasing to reclaim the NPFL title, and make a return to the continent, after a while.
Meanwhile, Chukwuemeka Obioma of Enyimba with 16 goals to his name, won the golden booth award for the league's highest goal scorer, which had a prize money of half a million Naira.
Enyimba's Olorunleke Ojo who was a few days ago invited to the Super Eagles camp, for the Afcon qualifier against Leone Stars of Sierra Leone, was named best goalkeeper of the playoffs; while the award for player of the season went to Divine Nwachukwu of Bendel Insurance.
Enyimba's Finidi George won the award for NPFL Coach of the season, having in the regular season led the Peoples' Elephant to a 3rd place finish in Group A, before edging Remo Stars and and Rivers United on goals difference, to win his first NPFL trophy as a coach.
Finidi joined Enyimba last term, and had a mixed-bag of results in the domestic league, and on the continent; culminating in the twice African Champions failing to qualify for any of the CAF Inter-Club Championships, in the just concluded season.
During his stay in Aba, as Head Coach of Enyimba, Finidi has taken charge of sixty (60) league games; out of which he recorded twenty-five (25) wins, fifteen draws (15) and twenty (20) defeats, www.ckdmedia.ng reports.