Nigerian Champions Enyimba FC have continued it’s goal scoring spree with a 5-0 thrashing of newly promoted NPFL side Warri Wolves at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba.
Austin Oladapo, Ifeanyi Anaemena and Martins Usule scored in the first half before further strikes from Victor Mbaoma and Bashir Abdulrahaman completed the rout.
This is now the second consecutive match in which Enyimba has scored five goals after they thrashed Burkinabe Champions Rahimo FC 5-0 last weekend in the 2nd leg of the CAF Champions League Preliminary round.
Enyimba: The Elephant already in bulling mode.
Friendly or not, Enyimba is definitely sending a strong signal to its rivals that the are going to be the team to beat. Something coach Usman Abd’Allah was quick to point out when he spoke to DiegwuSports on Tuesday.
Abd’Allah was keen on his strikers being clinical in front of goal and also said that his team was far from being in top shape. His starting lineup against Warri Wolves suggested that he wanted his main players to gain experience and work on team cohesion as he retained the bulk of his starting eleven from Sunday’s thrashing of Rahimo.
This proved to be too much for Warri Wolves as they found themselves three goals down at half time.
In all it looked like the players had gotten the message from the gaffer which is ‘consistency at all times’ as all the goals were scored by players who played against Rahimo.
Should the People’s Elephant continue in such form, then they will not just be a team to beat in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole.
Warri Wolves: The Harsh Bitter Lessons of What To Expect this season.
When this friendly was announced images of the 2016 season flooded my mind. It was a fierce rivalry with Wolves possessing some exceptional talents like Gbolahor Salami, Azubuike Egwuekwe and current Super Eagles player, Ogenekaro Etebo.
However, today’s performance by Wolves on revealed that the NPFL new boys are millions of miles apart from those standards that made them one of the most revered sides in the Federation.
But above all their performance today also shows that Warri Wolves might be in for a vary long hard season. The side were so naive, and looked so static. It almost looked like some of the players were in awe of the fact that they were facing the Champions Enyimba.
However, as a neutral we are happy to have Warri Wolves back to the NPFL but they will have to up their game so as to stand any chance of remaining in the elite Division.
Enyimba will face Akwa United in another friendly match at the Enyimba Stadium on Sunday as they continue to prepare for the CAF Champions League playoff tie against Susan’s Al-Hilal. The 1st leg will be played between the 11th and 13th of September at Aba.