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Enyimba FC elated at reception in Calabar—Chairman

From: Dianabasi Effiong, Calabar
Felix Anyasi-Agwu, Chairman of Enyimba FC of Aba, says the team is elated at the reception during its first home match at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
He stated this in an interactive session with sportswriters in Calabar prior to the team’s friendly match with visiting Rivers United of Port Harcourt which ended goalless.
He said that the stadium would be hosting the Aba millionaires home matches in the 2017 league season because the Aba Stadium was being reconstructed.
Anyansi-Agu, who appealed for cooperation from sportswriters in the team’s quest to win the 2017 premier league, also urged football fans to support the team in its new home.
“Calabar will henceforth be our home ground as the Aba Stadium is under reconstruction. Enyimba is in Calabar to stay. I know we are called Enyimba of Aba, but now we are `Enyimba of Calabar’.
“We will stay in Calabar until the end of the season. We want Calabar to be our home. We don’t want to be treated as outsiders. The team will be fully based in Calabar. We will not have to be traveling from Aba down here for our home matches.
“We have met with all stakeholders to seek cooperation and synergy to work as a team. We also urge for massive support for the team. Our coming here will be of immense benefit to the state. We are here to contribute positively to the development of Cross River.
“It will not be nice for us to feel that we are not at home. We ask for support and we will make you proud.” 
He said some indigenes of Cross River had been recruited into the team.
Anyasi-Agwu said the team’s management chose Calabar because of the good history and relationship they have with the city and also the hospitable nature of its people.
He said the team would be open to advice and constructive criticism.
The club would host Sunshine Stars FC of Akure in Calabar on Jan. 15 in its first match of the 2017 season which would kick off Jan. 14 nationwide.