Abia govt seeks partnership with Barca, PSG for Enyimba, others

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Abia govt seeks partnership with Barca, PSG for Enyimba, others

In a bid to develop football in Abia State, the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has revealed that the state has “officially invited, InteractSport, the consultants that brokered a successful deal for Rivers State Government, to hunt for Barcelona or Paris St Germain for Enyimba and other teams in the state.

Speaking with newsmen, the governor said the partnership being sought was to further develop Enyimba FC of Aba and other football clubs in the state as well as further his agenda of grassroots sports development in the state.

“We are also committed to development of grassroots sports which will take off with over 300 boys and girls from the street and offer exciting opportunities to the next generation as we are already doing in the shoe and garment cluster”, he said.

Governor Ikpeazu who also used the occasion to applaud Enyimba FC of Aba for their away victory over Diambars FC of Senegal in their CAF Confederation Cup competition describing it as “an exhilarating birthday gift to me from Finidi George and his boys” recalled that a UK based academy, Brooks House, is already training 3 young Abia talents they discovered after the school sports program organized by the state government.

Meanwhile, Finidi George says the People’s Elephant will ‘do all our best’ to ensure they ‘win trophies’ while he is in charge of the club.

The former Super Eagles winger, who was last month handed the reins at Enyimba on a two-year contract, has hit the ground running, guiding the two-time African champions to a 1-0 win against Diambars in the CAF Confederation Cup preliminaries at the weekend in Senegal.

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Asked if he is under pressure to deliver trophies at a very ambitious Enyimba side, the 50-year-old tactician said: “No, but I think I know it’s, if not the biggest club in Nigeria, one of the biggest in Africa.

“I know the task ahead of us. We will do all our best to make sure that we win trophies. So, we will see how the season goes, but I can assure that we are ready.”

A proponent of an entertaining style of play, the former Ajax and Real Mallorca star says he will bring free-flowing football to Enyimba provided the playing turfs around the country permit it.

“Definitely, we’ll try and play (entertaining) football,” the 1994 AFCON winner promised. “I think football has evolved.

“We all watch the Premier League, so, we see how clubs play, and these players try to emulate as well. So, we try to caution them.

“If the field can permit us to play that free-flowing football, we’ll do that. If we go to a stadium where it is not possible, then we’ll try to adapt to the new situation and try and get the best out of the players.”

The most successful Nigerian club side, Enyimba have won 2 CAF Champions League titles – the only club in the country to lift the trophy, 2 CAF Super Cups, a record 8 league crowns and 4 Aiteo Cups, amongst other laurels.

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