Enyimba FC counting on Ogunbote for team revival

Seven-time Nigerian Premier League Champions, Enyimba will be hoping to quickly banish memories of an underwhelming season when the new Nigeria Professional Football League season get underway.

The 2014/15 champions endured a torrid time in the group stage of the CAF Champions League and ended the league season in a lowly position going by their lofty standards.

A lot of changes have been made by the club’s hierarchy which include a new coach, Gbenga Ogunbote.

To set the ball rolling as quickly as possible, the former Gateway handler has brought in a number of new players which he intends to blend with some of the remnants of the last football season.

With the exits of dependable stalwarts such a captain Chinedu Udoji, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Razak Aliyu among others, one of the remnants is lanky midfielder, Kelly Oahimije Kester who enjoyed a good season on his own in what was his first season at the club. In a chat to www.npfl.ng, Kester disclosed that the new group are working very hard to quickly forget the last season.

“We are really working hard and hoping to get things right this term. We were in Ijebu Ode last weekend as part of our pre-season programme.

“Last season was a very big one for me personally, unfortunately as a team we didn’t perform too well, hopefully with the quality of players here this season, it will be way better.” said an enthusiastic Kester.

Kester, a former FC Abuja star is banking on previous encounters he has had against some of the new players to foster quick understanding in the way they gel with one another.

“It wouldn’t be difficult to strike some sort of understanding because we are aware of each other’s quality from previous games we’ve played against each other.” he said.

The man saddled with the responsibility of making such integration a stress-less exercise is the new gaffer, Gbenga Ogunbote. Having worked with him at two of his previous clubs (Sharks and Shooting Stars), Kester believes he is the right man to take the club back to the top.

“Ogunbote is not just a coach, he’s like a father to me. He has never doubted my abilities. He gave me my first break as a rookie way back in Sharks FC and I also worked with him at 3SC. I think with God on our side he can bring that fear factor back to the team.”

The 24-year old was voted as the club’s second best player last season in a poll conducted on the club’s fan portal.

He however has an important message for the fans ahead of the upcoming season.

“I will like to tell them to be patient and be behind the team in difficult times and hopefully by the grace of God, we will come good this season.” he concluded.



Aisha JM