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Amapakabo confident of Enyimba revival

Imama Amapakabo has declared that the new coaching team at Enyimba will make a notable impact in the upcoming season.

Amapakabo joined the Peoples Elephant recently and has started work with technical adviser Salisu Yusuf, Paul Aigbogun and Shaibu Suleiman.

Enyimba have not landed any silverware in the past two seasons, but the former Sharks coach believes it is now only a matter of time for the once dominant club to return to the upper echelons of Nigerian football.

"Enyimba is undoubtedly the biggest club in Nigeria and it is a big honour when such a club appoints you to be part of its technical crew," he told supersport.com.

"I'm happy that the other coaches share the same views with me on the game and I'm confident the club will soon return to the top playing attractive football.

"I don’t think it is by sheer coincidence this technical crew was put together, but it has come about because of the ambition of a tested management to take the club back to its place as one of the top teams on the continent.

"I've been impressed with our preparations for the new season and we are determined to justify the confidence reposed in us with good results at the end of the season."

Amapakabor also told supersport.com he was overwhelmed by the rapturous welcome by the fans of the club.

"The reception since my arrival has been great; the last time I felt like this was during my playing days and this has certainly given me a sense of belonging.

"I had a lot of offers, but no other club comes bigger than Enyimba and I hope to make progress here as it is a wonderful addition to my c.v.," he said.

Amapakabor was eased out of Sharks after a strike by the players over unpaid wages was followed by an unexpected home defeat to Wikki Tourists towards the end of last season.

The defeat derailed Sharks title ambitions and they eventually finished two points short of a continental place.


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