New Enyimba heads coach Gbenga Ogunbote

By Andah John with agency reports

Enyimba’s new head coach Gbenga Ogunbote has admitted he faces a difficult task in matching the club’s previous achievements.

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The People’s Elephant are joint highest winners of the Nigerian top-flight with seven titles.

They are also the only Nigerian side to have won the lucrative CAF Champions League title. They did it back-to-back, in 2003 and 2004.

But they had a below par performance in the 2015/16 season, as they finished a distant 10th in the domestic league, which followed a dismal outing in the CAF Champions League.

Aigbogun out, Ogunbote in

The club, as a result, replaced their last season’s head coach, Paul Aigbogun, with Ogunbote.

And the former Shooting Stars gaffer, who also had stint with defunct Sharks FC, knows he has his work cut out for him ahead of the new season.

Ogunbote said it would be most challenging replicating the success Enyimba have recorded giving the pedigree of the club.

“Enyimba is a club with a rich history and pedigree. It will be challenging replicating those successes but I think it is achievable with the right attitude.

“Other clubs are also jealous of Enyimba’s successes and they are trying to emulate us. It is also a challenge to them because of the team’s status.

“The pedigree is so great because they are known to be winning laurels both locally and internationally. So, we will have to work harder to keep the tradition,” Ogunbote told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).