After helping Enyimba Football Club to a historic eighth league title on Wednesday, players of the club have been speaking on the record setting feat.
Reuben Bala: Winning the league is a miracle:
“Winning the league for the second time is just like a miracle for me because it’s not easy for a player to win the league with different teams. This winning is a special one and miraculous one for me. I could remember that after our match (against Akwa United), while we were in the dressing room my uncle, that’s Ezekiel Bala (former Golden Eaglets captain), called me from Norway and said he was proud of me.
“He was the one that pushed me into football. He was the one that had been encouraging me with kits.
“Even my family, after the match my dad called me because he watched the match in our my family house. Everybody was there praying for me, cheering me. It was something that I was very happy about because my family sat down together and watched me. It’s something good.”
Chukwuka Onuwa: People wrote us off
“My first statement coming to the club was to help the club gain continental glory back and bring back the glory days of Enyimba which God actually brought it back for us.
“Since we came third in the league (first round) people started writing us off. But with the togetherness of the team, the management and even the help of the government. The motivation, they never owed us anything.
Stephen Manyo: I didn’t see it coming so soon
“My decision to join Enyimba was perfect. Coming here I never knew what the future would hold for me and coming to a big side for the first time I knew there would be many challenges.
“I never saw it coming that this particular season I would become a champion. I would say I give God all the glory and I know and believe that as it has started coming like this more are to come.”
Benjamin Francis: It is a thing of joy
“I have won the FA Cup back to back when I was with Heartland. Concerning the league, I’ve come second when I was with Nasarawa United but I’ve been praying and wishing that one day I will win the league and thank God I’ve won it now with Enyimba so I’m very grateful and excited about it.
“It’s a thing of joy because this is what I’ve been praying for. Winning the league is higher than the FA Cup.
“The fans are very wonderful people because they risk their lives. Anywhere we are going they always come there with their support and when they start to support you, you’ll just feel at home. You’ll not even feel that you’re playing away. So it motivates us to do more in the pitch of play.”