Enyimba midfielder Dayo Ojo believes the Aba giants are always a target for ‘smaller sides’ in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), stating there are ‘no small teams in the league anymore’.
The ex-Sunshine Stars’ player made this known shortly after his club was held to a 1-1 draw by Jigawa Golden Stars at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Saturday in an NPFL Matchday 10 encounter.
Victor Mbaoma connected Stanley Okorom’s freekick with a header just six minutes into the game to give the reigning champions the lead with his sixth league goal, but the newly-promoted side evened the scores in the 42nd minute through Munir Ubale as both sides settled for a share of the spoils.
Speaking afterwards to newsmen, former CHAN Eagles player Dayo Ojo said the 8-time Nigerian league winners should have won the game but expressed satisfaction with the point gained in the end: “I believe we should have won the game but as you can see there is no small team in the NPFL anymore and more so whenever a team wants to play Enyimba they double their effort.
“We scored first then they equalised and the game ended 1-1. Not a bad one (because they are) not a bad side. Every point counts now. The only point that does not count is when you lose a game.”
The 25-year-old and his teammates will next turn their attention towards a difficult trip to the Algerian capital, Algiers, where they will do battle with Paradou AC next Sunday in a CAF Confederation Cup Group D tie at the Omar Hamadi Stadium.