As Sharks of Port_Harcourt celebrate their WAFU Cup triumph, former Abia state governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu feels one man who will be part of the euphoria even if in his tomb is coach Carl “Gentleman” O’Dwyer who died in 1979.
Kalu said,”Congratu-lations Sharks, this victory means a lot. At least, there is something for Nigerian football. It also takes us all back to 1979,when O’Dwyer lost his life in a traffic accident during the club’s first ever international competition.
I am so sure the man is happy in his grave right now.”
The Pillar of Sports also praised The Garden City side for defeating a Senegalese team in the grand finale.
“Anytime a Nigerian squad plays against the Senegalese in the final, I remember AS Police. They were thrashed 2-1 in Dakar by Enugu Rangers in the 1977 Africa Winners cup. The homers so battered our Boys that Christian Chukwu, Emma Okala and other members of the team had to be evacuated in a Black Maria. When both sides met again in the WAFU Cup, AS Police not only won, they made sure no Nigerian team beat them again. Adokiye Amiesimaka who played for both Rangers and Sharks knows the story better,” Kalu added.
He also hailed ex_ Enyimba striker Victor Ezeji for delivering the killer shot that brought WAFU glory to Port_Harcourt.
“Ezeji is such a lucky player. He won Nigeria’s first CAF Champion’s League trophy with Enyimba in 2003 and now Rivers state’s maiden international soccer cup. I know he is always getting the goals. That’s one guy that knows how to score against Enyimba in Aba.”
Wafu champions Sharks back
Players and officials of Sharks have arrived in Nigeria following their WAFU Cup success on Sunday.
The contingent arrived Lagos from Lome, Togo at exactly 1:45 pm on Monday and proceeded straight to the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The contingent will depart Lagos for their Port Harcourt base by 5 pm on Monday via an Aero contractors flight and arrive the International airport, Omagwa, Rivers State by 5:45 pm.
Players of the team have been reflecting on the campaign, a roller coaster of sorts, which culminated in success for the side.