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Osadaiye claims Enyimba players fought harder to beat Plateau United

04:31 GMT+3 16/02/2018
Joseph Osadiaye - Enyimba
The People’s Elephant winger has hailed his teammates determination to ground out a positive result against the reigning champions

Enyimba’s Joseph Osadaiye has praised his teammates who played their Wednesday league encounter with Plateau United as if their entire lives depended on it in Calabar.

Stanley Dimgba’s 11th minute effort from the penalty spot after the centre referee spotted an infringement in the Peace Boys’ vital area was all the People’s Elephant needed to get the crucial win and Osadaiye even though he had to watch the game only from the stands thumbed up his teammates who worked tirelessly to record the famous win.

“It wasn’t as if Plateau United were fantastic against us but they as the league reigning champions must be accorded their respect. They came with a formation which is to ensure that we do not get to play our tactics and it would have been worse had we not scored early in the game,” Osadaiye told Goal.

“It was a vintage performance from us. But they never made it look easy all. They were able to regroup after the goal we scored and we were unable to bridge them again. This game will no doubt help us to prepare for the weekend league tie in Kano against Kano Pillars.

“The victory over Plateau United was very important because it has given us bragging rights over them at least until the second leg is played. It has also enabled the coaches to see the players on ground ahead of the tough tie with Kano Pillars.”

The former Warri Wolves’ striker says he has no hard feelings not getting picked for the crunch tie because he is aware of competition for places that exist in the team but he is convinced that he won’t be overlooked for long.

“It is normal for every player to desire to play all games but it is not possible especially in situations such as ours where we have quality players to pick from.

“I have played some games this season and will still be involved even though I couldn’t play against Plateau United,” he noted.

Enyimba have moved to fifth in the league table with 13 points from eight games after the victory over Plateau United at the U.J Esuene Stadium.