15 July 2024

Ikpeazu, Otti’s aides clash over Enyimba’s CAF debacle

Former Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to ex-Governor of Abia State, Onyebuchi Ememanka has mocked the Special Adviser to Governor Alex Otti on media and publicity, Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma following the crashing out of Enyimba football club of Aba from CAF Champions league.

Enyimba was eliminated in the first preliminary round of the competition on Sunday in Aba after managing a 0-0 draw against the visiting Al Ahli Benghazi of Libya who had earlier beaten Enyimba 3-4 in Libya.

The former CPS to ex-Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Ememanka, expressed surprise at the early ouster of Enyimba FC, saying that it was shocking for the team to be eliminated in the early stage despite the special efforts of the new administration in the State.

He reiterated his displeasure that the administration of his boss, Okezie Ikpeazu was not credited with the Nigerian Premier League victory secured by Enyimba.

His words,

“After all, the overgrown weeds at the Stadium three months after Ikpeazu left office as Governor is the reason Enyimba has been kicked out of the CAF Champions League in their first match,” he wrote.

But responding to the sarcasm, the media adviser to governor Otti, Ferdinand Ekeoma slammed the former CPS and his supporters for celebrating Enyimba’s misfortune.

He insisted that Enyimba stadium was in bad shape as inherited from the previous administration but was later fixed by the new administration.

He noted that it took extra efforts of Club Chairman, Kanu Nwankwo and management staff to convince CAF to approve the Enyimba stadium to be used for the Al Ahli Benghazi clash.

He further stated that Alex Otti rescued Enyimba with cash before they prosecuted the super 6 competition, even though he was still the governor-elect at that period of the competition.

Ekeoma wondered why the opponents of governor Otti should be blaming the Otti administration for Enyimba’s loss even when they have still refused to credit him (Otti) with the Nigerian Professional League competition victory.

The media adviser insisted that Enyimba was in financial quagmire when the current administration took over.

Meanwhile, many Aba residents and other supporters of Enyimba have lamented the elimination of their darling club in the early stage of the competition.

Some of the supporters, who spoke to DAILY POST on Sunday after the 0-0 draw, said it was painful to see the club crash out.

One of the supporters, Onyedi Simeon, who is also a trader in Aba, appealed to the Kanu Nwankwo-led management to rebuild the team for future engagements.

Simeon, however, consoled Enyimba supporters to wait for next season, as according to him, football is a game of luck.

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