President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has praised the never-say-die spirit of Enyimba FC of Aba in getting a last –gasp winner against Congolese side, CARA Brazaville on Wednesday, August 29th.

The victory shot them into the quarter finals of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup.

Substitute Wasiu Alalade bundled home after the ball rocked the upright following a 20 –yard free –kick by Mfom Udoh.

“I commend the spirit of Enyimba FC, the way they approached the game and their determination not to give up even after being unable to make hay from several opportunities. They gave joy to the Government and the good people of Abia State in particular, and football enthusiasts in Nigeria as a whole, and they deserve our applause.

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“They showed through their approach, and on the evidence of their win in Bamako on Matchday 5, that they are capable of going all the way. I urge them to take each match in the knockout stages one after the other, and go all the way to make Nigeria proud.”

Pinnick, also the 1st Vice President of CAF, watched the very interesting encounter from the State Box at the eye –catching Enyimba International Stadium, and thanked the Government of Abia State for renovating the facility to true international standard.

“The Government of Abia State has done very well for the youth of the State, and the NFF is using this opportunity to call on other State Governments who don’t have facilities like this to consider investing in such for the benefit of the youth of this country.”

Two–time CAF Champions League winners, Enyimba FC is the only Nigerian clubside left in the hunt for continental honour this season. The Draw for the quarter finals will be held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo next Monday.


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