Baraje seeks raising a formidable team for Enyimba

The newly appointed gaffer of the Aba millionaires insists he wants to get a good squad first before embarking on build up games

Enyimba head coach, Zachary Baraje has revealed that raising a formidable team will be his major priority before proceeding on friendly matches.

Baraje replaced Salisu Yusuf as the Peoples Elephant’s handler after the erstwhile Kano Pillars' manager parted ways over contractual breach. Yusuf led the Aba Millionaires to the 2013 Federation Cup and also second in the premier league in his only season with the club last season.

The new helmsman said the intimidating records achieved by the former coaches of the seven times league champions have made it imperative for him to sit tight and think of how to fashion out a winning formula so that he would be remembered after he might have left the position.

He said he has not started engaging in any friendly match but fixed his sights on getting a good squad first before thinking of build up encounters.

"I have always been an achiever everywhere I go to. I took El Kanemi Warriors to the fourth position on the league table from nowhere in their first season of their return to the elite division. I have a duty to perform with Enyimba and that is what I have set out to do without any distraction,” Baraje told Goal.

"Even without being told, I know I have to look at those before me and what they achieved and also place that side by side with my own scorecard after I have left Aba. I am not concerned about friendlies for now. I want to have a strong squad first and then think about build up games after the yuletide break.”

 Enyimba have already started the season brightly after the club pounded Kano Pillars 2-0 in the Super Cup game played at the Warri City Stadium. It was supposed to be the curtain raiser for the premier league season.