Felix Anyasi-Agwu, Chairman, Enyimba Football Club of Aba has denied news reports credited to Supersports.com that claimed he had resigned his position due to political pressure.
Anyansi-Agwu who led Enyimba to clinch its seventh league title last weekend as well as becoming the most successful club in Nigeria was reported to have quit his position shortly after the People’s Elephant lifted their latest NPFL title on Sunday.
“Intense pressure from people who felt that I have stayed too long as well as consideration for my health are the reasons I felt the right time to throw in the towel is now after seeing the side win an unprecedented seventh league title”, the NFF board member was said to have declared in the controversial interview.
“I have given everything in me to see Enyimba succeed and if the place I come from has suddenly begun to hurt some people I think the sensible thing is to give way and allow some other people to come in and manage the team,” he was quoted to have added.
However, barely 24 hours after the news of his resignation broke; Anyasi-Agwu debunked it, claiming he was quoted out of context. “I did not say I’ve resigned. What I said was that I’d resign if I’m not given enabling environment to run the club. I’m going through a lot of pressure. These things need to be sorted out but if not, I won’t hesitate to leave. That is my stand,” he said.
Anyasi-Agwu has been the chairman of the Aba-based club for 16 years, and under him, Enyimba has won all their major honours, including, seven league titles and the Federation Cup and two CAF Champions League trophies.
By Olisemeka Obeche