Enyimba of Aba striker, Emeka Nwanna is now full of lamentations over the People’s elephant inability to grab all three points in their Oriental derby clash with rivals, Heartland on Sunday.
The one time Enugu Rangers and later Heartland forward who missed a great chance in the first half and was removed later in the game says he’s still pained by the 0-0 result which helped extend the lead of Kano Pillars at the top to six.
“I am still not happy,” Emeka Nwanna revealed. “That was a match we had to win but unfortunately we could not. It is very painful.”
Popularly called “Ayaya”, the player who is the only remaining member of the all-conquering team in 2003 that lifted Africa’s biggest club prize said the only way forward was to get a win against Crown FC.
“If we don’t beat Crown, we might drop further down the table and that will be very bad for us at this point. I believe the only way we can put this draw behind us is to travel to Ibadan and beat Crown there, so we can narrow the gap again.”
“This Heartland game has put us in a place we do not want to be so I believe we all need to work really hard because winning the league has now been made difficult.
“If we had beaten Heartland, we would have been second on the table and that will keep us firmly in the race, but now we have surrendered that place to another team so we need to find a way to win and go up again,” he said.
Nwanna was the first Nigeria domestic league player to command a N1m transfer fee following his move away from Enugu Rangers to Enyimba in 2003.
Ayaya went on to call for more fan support: “I just want to appeal to our fans to come out and support us in our next games, despite this result. They have to come out even more than they came out on Sunday so they can give us what we need to win matches.”