ENYIMBA’S CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CRASH
Enyimba boss, Chief Felix Anyansi may have taken his team's recent exit from this year's CAF Champions League with philosophical calmness in the spirit of sportsmanship, but he has one regret. The quintessential club administrator has steered the Aba People's Elephant to 18 silverwares in both domestic and continental competitions in the last decade to hold the record of Africa's most successful club administrator.
Anyansi's enviable achievements include winning the CAF Champions League trophy, which eluded Nigeria for over 38 years back-to-back in 2003 and 2004. But featuring at the World Club Championship would have been an icing on the cake for the Item, Abia State-born football technocrat, a dream that was dashed with the recent Enyimba's failure to go past Wydad of Morocco in the semi-final of this year's CAF Champions League.
'I feel so disappointed that Enyimba would miss out from the World Club Championship. It would have been dream come true for me.
'Any man that does not have a dream is dead. We had that dream and it was in good fate. The dream was for positive things to happen, but unfortunately, it did not happen. It is not every dream that comes true and that is one of those things,' Anyansi lamented.
Although he accepted responsibility for the team's exit from the competition as the club's chairman, he scored the technical crew low regarding its approach to the game, stressing that he gave the Okay Emordi-team everything they needed to succeed.
'I take responsibility for Enyimba's exit from the CAF Champions League. We gave the technical crew every support and free hand to succeed.
'As management, we do not interfere with technical matters. Sometimes, when you notice something and try to give advice, the coaches would remind you that you are not a technical person. It was totally a faulty start that cost us the match,' he Anyansi regretted.