ABS lay ambush for People’s Elephant

By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN

Players of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC have said they will leave no stone unturned when they face Enyimba International FC of Aba in Ilorin on Sunday for match day 14 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter.

Some of the players including Chukwuebuka Anaekwe who spoke on Friday in Ilorin said they will show the true spirit of the real ABS FC players which is fight to finish.

“We are disappointed about the result in Shagamu against Remo Stars on Sunday but we want to make amend against Enyimba,” Anaekwe said.

“In ABS, we are groomed to grind out results no matter how big the opponent is.

“No doubt Enyimba is a big side but none of us will remember that on Sunday.”

To Ibrahim Ahmed, the match day 14 encounter with Enyimba is a must win and the players will approach it just like that.

“We are aware of the threat they pose to us but I believe we are up to the task and we will beat them by God grace.

“I think every day how to help this great team achieve successes because we operate like one family.

“The boss (Henry Makinwa), has brought a lot believe into us, he made us believe we can win anywhere if we show better character and mentality” Ahmed said.

It would be recalled that the captain of the team, Abdullahi Boje, had earlier in the week urged his mates to show convincing character enough to beat the seven times champion on Sunday.

Injuries to some key players forced coach Makinwa to convert his wards into different positions on match day 13 against Remo Stars but the former Real Sociedad of Spain attacker, is boosted with a return of Anaekwe.

The UEFA Pro licensed coach said his players are happy to host the People’s Elephant and expressed the hope that they will show a character good enough to over power the Gbenga Ogunbote tutored side.

ABS FC stand the better chance of the two sides, the Saraki Boys have won two of its last five games.

The Ilorin based side drew 2-2 with Sunshine Stars in Akure, had a 1-0 win over Wikki Tourist in Ilorin and lost 1-0 to Enugu Rangers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

The Saraki Boys bounced back from the match day 11 loss to Rangers with a 1-0 victory over Kastina United in match day 12 before a 3-0 battering in the hands of Remo Stars in Shagamu on match day 13.

The People’s Elephant only managed a win in its last five outings having lost to Lobi Stars 2-1 on match 10 in Makurdi and drew goalless with Shooting Stars of Ibadan on match day 11 at their adopted home of U. J Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

The People’s Elephant went down 3-1 to Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofarmata on match day 12 before they escaped unhurt against MFM at home in Calabar forcing the Olukoya Boys to a one all draw.

Enyimba only victory in its last five matches came in a rescheduled match day 9 in a 2-0 win over Ifeanyi Ubah in Calabar.

Enyimba had never beaten ABS FC in Ilorin, the Saraki Boys thrashed the People’s Elephant 3-1 in their last visit to Ilorin in 2013.

 


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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