Abdallah thrilled to see Enyimba in top-four position

Enyimba assistant coach, Usman Abdallah has disclosed that though his players could not secure the projected maximum points against Heartland at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on Wednesday he is still thrilled that they are heading to the World Cup break in a top-four position on the NPFL table.

The People’s Elephant were unable to break down a resolute Heartland who equally had their chances to put the game beyond doubt in the first half and Abdallah revealed to www.npfl.ng that they had wanted to pick the available nine points from their last three games to ensure they would only be three points behind the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leaders, Lobi Stars who are on 43 points.

But Abdallah pointed out that with the injuries rendering almost half of his team inactive in their last three games, he is happy to settle for seven points out of nine and is hopeful that the World Cup break would enable some of his injured players to be available before resumes in the league and the CAF Confederation Cup next month.

“From the last three matches, we have set up a target for ourselves to secure nine points so that we will end up with 40 points before the World Cup break but we have to be delighted with what we have been able to achieve,” Abdallah told www.npfl.ng.

“We achieved 100 per cent of that before we came to Owerri to face Heartland but we were able to get seven points from a possible nine and I will say I am satisfied with this.

“We were able to get into their 18-yard box more in the second half than we were in the first half. We had to improvise to raise this team because over 50 percent of our players are down with injuries. It has been like that since our last three matches and we have played with almost the same set of players. We had to play some players out of their normal position.”

The France-trained said the players will be able to recharge their batteries during the break and will return better and refreshed to face the business end of the league season and the CAF Confederation Cup campaign.

“We are resuming on the 24th of June and I think immediately when we come back, we shall proceed for a closed door camping to prepare for the CAF Confederation Cup tie at home,” Abdallah continued.

“The boys need the break badly because they were unable to go for the Christmas break then. This will enable them to have a deserved rest because there won’t be none again by the time we resume with lots of games still to be played in the league and in the CAF Confederation Cup.”

Enyimba are fourth in the league table with 38 points from 24 games by virtue of the solitary point gained in Owerri against Heartland.