By Onochie Anibeze
Omonigho Temile was outstanding when Warri Wolves eliminated Athletico of Burundi in their CAF Cup campaign. He equalised for Wolves in their 1-1 away draw and scored the winner in Warri.
But against Zesco of Zambia Sunday he battled to show presence to no avail.Coach Lawrence Akpokona had to make two changes when darkness loomed. And Temile was one of the players substituted. Eddy Ogude and Gift Atuleiva came in and the game changed. Eddy scored
their first goal and Gift followed with another two and the Warri Stadium changed. Akpakona received kudos for the changes that turned their tonic. Even the leader of delegation of the visiting Zambian team, Marshal Chilemena kept asking why the two players were still plying their trade in Nigeria, meaning that they were good enough to move to Europe.
â€œThey destroyed us. They are very good especially No 20 (Eddy Ogude). Why is he still in Nigeria?. He is very good. He should go to Europe now,â€ Chilemena said after the match.
Delta FA chairman Amaju Pinnick was so impressed with the victory that he promised to sponsor their coaches to Europe for a coaching course or some kind of attachment to clubs in Europe â€œeven if it is for two weeks.â€
Akpakona and his assistant Monday Eguavoen were delighted at this and are now looking forward to it.
â€œIt will be fantastic. It will help us,â€ Eguavoen, the elder brother of Austin Eguavoen, said.
Amaju had pledged N2m if they won the match. Mike Idoko, their former team manager who was in Warri to cheer them up honoured his N300,000 pledge to the team after the match. At half time, when it was still goalless, he went to the dressing room to pledgeÂ N100,000 for any goal scored. â€œThe game changed in the second half and Iâ€™m happy that everything worked out,â€ Idoko said.