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Enyimba will learn to deal with hot weather – Coach Osho

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By Sab Osuji

Enyimba of Aba, one of Nigeria’s two representatives in the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League has revealed that one of the biggest positives the People’s Elephant would take from the ongoing maiden edition of the #GovIkpeazuCup202# tournament is on how they would always respond to inclement weather especially when it is hot, Orient Sports reports.

Osho spoke moments after his side survived A&A FC second half siege to grind out a 2-1 win Wednesday in Aba.

Enyimba went in front through Sadiq Adamu’s exquisite strike inside the first quarter of an hour. Cyril Olisema doubled the two time African Champions six minutes later from the penalty spot.

But after the brake, the 8th time Nigeria champions pulled off the throttle, with the youthful A&A boys growing in confidence and now bossing their big brothers in ball possession.

“Enyimba now defended in large numbers and occasionally trying to catch the youngsters on break but that seldom yielded any fruit. Instead, it was the boys of coach Emmanuel Ntuk who reduced the tally on the death when Israel Emmanuel’s headed effort found the back of Enyimba’s net, bringing the final scores to 2-1.

“The beauty of this competition is for us to identify our ares of deficiency and as well our strong points and for us to effect corrections in the areas where we are not doing well”, Osho said.

“So, today, we have seen one or two areas which we still have to work on. When you look at the weather, (you find out that) we really have to work on that. When the weather is that harsh, we have to play. In the Champions League, sometimes you will be asked to play by 2pm. So, how do you cope with that?

“It is becoming a recurrent decimal in the team that under hot weather, we don’t play. This has told that we need to make some adjustments. Let’s train under hot weather also.

“They are too sluggish for my liking, I mean, our team. And looking at the opponents, they did very well. You have to give it to those boys moved the ball very well, they looked very smart and you have to commend them for their industry, they really did very well”.

Osho would further register his dissatisfaction with Enyimba’s general performance so far in the tournament.

“No, no, no, there’s no way I could be satisfied at this stage. We still have a lot of work to be done, saying I’m satisfied at this point would mean living in self denial, and I can’t do that.

“We still have a whole lot of job to be done. What we are doing now is to ensure that every member of the team, over 30 of them, plays. You can see that we are rotating our squad, by the time we are able to see the best of them, then we can come out with the best combination.

“After this tournament, we could be able to come up with a team that would be much more stronger than this because at that time, we would no longer be rotating the squad”.

Osho was in the Enyimba dug out last term when they competed in the continent’s Premier inter club competition, CAF Champions League. At that time, they easily brushed aside fellow West African side, Rahimo of Burkina Faso 5-0 in Aba in a preliminary round first leg clash.

On November 29, there would be a somewhat rematch of that fixture at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba and coach Osho minces no words in proclaiming his side’s readiness for the big showdown.

“We’ve worked so hard, I mean, prior to this time, we’ve played a lot of friendly games also and we were able to see what and what we need to do and we know where we are, bearing in mind that this Rahimo were the same team that we played against last year at this same venue in the same stage.

“And it will be so naive of us to think that we will have them for lunch because we beat them last year (5-0), no, it doesn’t happen that way. We have to really work hard for our victory against them.

“And I must tell you, the Rahimo team, they are very good football playing team. Whoever watched them against us (then), despite the fact that we beat them 5-0, they really played so well and you can’t just under estimate their quality and strenght”, Osho emphasised.

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