Eyimba loses bid to defend league crown

Enyimba striker Mfon Udoh has said that his side have completely lost the bid to defend the league crown in the ongoing Nigerian top-flight.

The Nigerian champions were held to a barren draw by Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 36 clash at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Udoh said that his side will turn their attention to the pursuit of silverware during the ongoing football season in the Federation Cup.

“Definitely, the hope of defending our league crown is over with the goalless draw against MFM FC.

“We are in the last four in the Federation Cup so we are shifting our whole attention on winning any silver ware to the Cup competition.

“We entered the race with three competitions. Two are lost, so if we win the Cup title that will be a huge plus for us.

“The goalless draw against MFM FC is nothing unusual, but one of those results in football.

“It has not been easy with us prosecuting the whole three competitions within a season.

“It’s really tough and people need to appreciate what we go through to honour these matches.

“MFM FC were not spectacular on matchday. We gave it our best and the outcome is draw. We have nothing to complain but concentrate on finishing well the remaining two, three matches.

“The race for the title defence has ended unsuccessfully. We thank God for everything but hopeful to win the Federation Cup,” the former Akwa United marksman told supersport.com.

The barren draw against the NPFL newcomers means that Enyimba has 50 points, seven behind league leaders and oriental neighbours, Enugu Rangers.