Super 4: I don’t understand Hausa language, says Emordi

Okey Emordi of Enyimba
Kano Pillars head coach, Okey Emordi says one factor that affected him at Kano Pillars was the language barrier.

Okey Emordi told that he hadn’t worked in the northern part of Nigeria for a very long time and could not understand the language as he returned to the north to work at Kano Pillars.

He also questioned the mentality of the players at the time he joined them in 2014.

Kano Pillars play against Warri Wolves in the second game of match day 4 of the Super 4 and Emordi explained what he changed about Kano Pillars

“The orientation has changed. When I first went there it was difficult for me. It has been long since I worked there. I don’t understand hausa so communication was difficult.

“Their training and attitude of the players also did not feel like a club that has been at the top of Nigerian football so I decided to make changes, especially to the training regime and I am happy with the progress made,” Emordi said.

U23s to start with Enyimba

The first game of the day at 1pm will be between the U23 team and Enyimba

The U23s are currently 2nd on the table with 7 points and have lost ground on the table toppers, Flying Eagles since their draw against Warri Wolves on Wednesday

But coach of the side, Fatai Amoo says he will not lose sleep over who wins or loses in the tournament.

“I have said it over and over again that we are not here because we have a mandate to win this tournament. Winning the Cup will be a big boost but that is really not why we are here.

“We have the All Africa Games Qualifiers coming up soon and we are tweaking our team every time we play to get the right blend,” Amoo said.

For Enyimba’s coach, Friday Christopher, it is about building the fitness of his players ahead of their first CAF Champions League game in February 15.

“We are here to build a team. Last year we lost at the early stage and we do not want that to happen again. This tournament is helping us and we have noticed one problem we have is fitness.

“We believe that by the time we finish the five games we will be better than we were last week,” Christopher said.

Flying Eagles in chance to win tourney

The Flying Eagles will emerge winners of the Super 4 if they beat Dolphins on match day 4.

The U20 side already have 9 points from 3 games and they need to beat Dolphins to win the tournament, only if the U23s also fail to beat Warri Wolves.

However, coach of the U20s, Manu Garba says they are not perfect but will address their mistakes before they go to Senegal for the Africa Youth Championships.

“As soon as this tournament ends we will address all mistakes we have noticed. This tournament is not even the final preparation for us as we will go to Gambia just before the Africa Youth Championships in Senegal.

“There are lots of mistakes we need to correct and as we play here, we are ticking them off. I believe we will be ready for the Championships in Senegal,” Garba said.

And despite losing all three games and not scoring a single goal, Stanley Eguma of Dolphins says he knows what is wrong with his team and will correct.

He adds that Dolphins will produce a replacement for Emem Eduok

“Without this tournament we may not have known of this goal scoring weakness but in a very short time we will sort this.

“We are building and when you build like this, it is difficult at the start. It is a work in progress and we will produce another Emem Eduok.

This is the same club that brought the likes of Chidi Osuchukwu and Ajagun Abduljelil to the fore.

Last season we gave you Emem Eduok and you can be rest assured that at the end of this year there will be a new player from our ranks the world will be talking about,” Eguma said.

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