I used to scout players for Enyimba, Abia Warriors my property -Kalu
Former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has disclosed that Enyimba International won the CAF Champions League back-to-back because he had ‘special’ interest in the club.
Senator Kalu also revealed that he used to scout and buy players for the People’s Elephant while in office as Governor of Abia State.
The former Governor expressed displeasure over the current status of the Abia state government owned club, Enyimba, calling on the Abia government to give the team the needed attention it rightly deserves.
Senator Kalu spoke as a guest on a popular sports platform on WhatsApp, Nigeria Sports Mouthpiece, NSM Rebranded.
The two term governor of Abia State whose administration led Enyimba to their historic back to back CAF Champions League glories noted with dismay what once loved by all club has turned to.
Senator Kalu disclosed that the club’s present dip in form was as a result of neglect by the present Abia state government which has made the team fall short of glories and motivation to record successes.
He recalled how motivated the team to win laurels and glories for the state and nation during his reign as Governor and called on the present government to give the club more attention which would return it to its enviable position.
“Enyimba is an international club and its sad to see that a club I loved so much is not doing well as its used to.
Enyimba was the pride of Aba people and Nigeria. They worship the club after God, but I’m not very happy with what is happening with the club right now. I believe they’ve reigned and they will continue to reign.
“Enyimba are in their worst part now since I left them. They have not done well and I don’t see them well because you cannot owe players, you can’t keep coaches happy and you cannot motivate the coaches.
“And even the media that are promoting the team. If you don’t do this, its absolutely very difficult for a club to do very well.
“I used to travel from Umuahia to Aba to go and train with Enyimba and I used to follow Enyimba almost everywhere they go and those are part of the motivation.
“I believe they will improve but they are struggling, may be tomorrow something will change, time will tell, so they will come back one day,” he said.
Senator Kalu is representing Abia North in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly.
He revealed how he planned to commercialize the People’s Elephant during his reign but the plan was jettisoned by his successor, Governor Theodore Orji who also changed his privately formed club, OUK FC to Abia Warriors.
“Before I left, we wanted to commercialize Enyimba and make it go public. I was working on it till I left and I briefed the Governor coming after me thinking he would follow suit but he failed to do that because Enyimba was really the love of our people and it was everything.
‘You know I created two teams back then. The other one was in Umuahia which I named Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK) FC but they changed the name to Abia Warriors.
“I believe they will come back one day and I will be taking the club (Abia Warriors) back just that time isn’t right now”.