Following a poor spell of form Enyimba head coach Fatai Osho has expressed hope his side’s win at Wikki Tourists on matchday 23 can serve as a springboard to “get our season back on track” and provide the Peoples Elephant with belief to “start challenging very well to defend our title”.
Goals from Reuben Bala and Tosin Omoyele either side of Michael Stephen’s strike for hosts Wikki Tourists gave Enyimba all three points and stopped a run of no wins in five games for the Peoples Elephant.
Prior to their victory in Bauchi, Osho’s men had lost three and drawn two of their previous five games, crashing out of the CAF Confederation Cup to Pyramids of Egypt and sliding down the table in the process.
Despite the win, Enyimba find themselves 7th in the table and ten points off the top although they have four games on most of their rivals.
Osho is hopeful that taking all three points in Bauchi marks a turning point in the season for Enyimba and shows they have overcome the five-game wobble that threatened to derail their campaign.
And ahead of the derby with Heartland in Aba on matchday 24, the former Remo Stars boss says his side can now build momentum from the win against Wikki to launch a charge up the table and pursue a record-extending ninth league crown.
“We know that we need something like this to get our season back on track, and the response was massive,” Osho remarked after the game.
“We showed hunger in that second half. A whole lot of times, we’ve done badly in the second half but today it was a massive performance, a complete one from everybody and we are happy with the result. I think with this, we can come back to the NPFL and start challenging very well to defend our title.”