- Published on Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:49
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By George Akpayen
Enyimba captain Mfon Udoh has opened up that the Peoples Elephant had "a tough season" despite finishing in third place in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The Enyimba man explained that playing away from their Aba stadium "was not easy" though they enjoyed the backing of their host community in Calabar where they made the UJ Esuene Stadium their home ground for the entire league campaign.
He further pointed out that the support the two-time CAF Champions League winners got from their Calabar supporters energized them to see out their 19 home matches in the NPFL without a defeat.
Udoh is nonetheless happy that the Aba club finished with something to cheer - a place in the CAF Confederation Cup - despite watching Plateau United claim a first league title.
"I am happy that we were able to secure a CAF Confederation Cup ticket," Udoh told the club's official website.
"It was a tough season but we got important results that helped us.
"To play away from Aba was not easy, but we got good support in Calabar. People came out to support us like we were a Cross River State team and this is why never lost a game in the town.
"Besides, as players we wanted to make sure we gave our very best because we had to get something at the end, either the title or a continental ticket. We have gotten the ticket and I can see how much it means to all our fans."
EYE ON CONFEDERATION CUP
With the chance to compete in Africa's second tier club competition, the CAF Confederation Cup next year, Udoh is hoping that the Peoples Elephant's mentality they can go all the way to become champions.
He also made it clear that Enyimba's focus will be on the CAF Confederation Cup next year since it is a trophy they are yet to win.
"Going very far in the competition is very important because this is a trophy that has not been won by Enyimba. We can't just go there to make up numbers. Enyimba is always about winning so I believe the mentality will not be different next year. The focus for everyone is on this CAF Confederation Cup and how to be the best."
Udoh finished the NPFL season with 12 goals despite missing Enyimba's last five matches owing to injury.
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