Enyimba coach, George Finidi, has promised that the eight-time winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League will perform better than they did last season.
Enyimba finished the 2021/22 season in seventh position on 52 points from 38 matches in Finidi’s first season in charge of the team and the Super Eagles assistant coach blamed his side’s abysmal show last season to inconsistency.
“Enyimba will be better than last season,” Finidi said.
“While I can’t say where we will end up, I can assure you it will be far better than last season.
“This club is one of the biggest in Africa and the biggest and best in Nigeria and cannot afford not to play in the continent for too long. Enyimba will bounce back next season and be stronger too.
“We played some good football last season but inconsistency in games was our bane. We, at times, went on a winning run of matches that gave the impression that the title was ours to grab, but all of a sudden, we slumped with some bad results both at home and away.
“Our form was on and off throughout the season and for a team like Enyimba, that is not acceptable. We pushed to at least get one of the tickets to play in the continent but in the end, it didn’t come to fruition.
“We shall give it our best and see how it goes, but we the officials, players, management and fans are disappointed and we shall try to mend things next season.”
Finidi also described his first season as a coach in the NPFL as bad, saying he didn’t achieve his objectives.
“My first season is an experience for me, I thank the management for the opportunity. I must say it was a bad season for me because we did not achieve our objectives.
“It was not a completely failed project because we played good football but could not put the ball in the net. My second season will hopefully be better.”
Enyimba will hope to win NPFL title for a ninth time, having last lifted it in 2019.