NPFL: Enyimba paid for not rating us, says Wikki’s Zubair

NPFL: Enyimba paid for not rating us, says Wikki’s Zubair

Wikki Tourists head coach Aliyu Zubair says Enyimba paid dearly for underrating his side in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba.

Enyimba scored first through a 13th minute penalty converted by defender Ifeanyi Anaemena but Wikki equalised on the hour mark through promising winger Promise Damala who rounded off a brilliant counterattacking move in style.

“Enyimba are a highly experienced side but I believe that maybe they underrated Wikki Tourists,” Zubair told

“They looked down on us that maybe Wikki cannot do anything, probably, but they are a good side because we know how we played against them in Gombe when they scored first. But I think they took it with a kind of levity so I believe they underrated us and they paid for it.”

In spite of Sunday’s draw, Wikki Tourists are now in the relegation zone in Group A of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) but Zubair’s side have the luxury of playing two out of the final three matches at their adopted home ground in Gombe. Zubair insists his side will not relegate at the end of the season.

“Certainly, relegation is not our portion. The only thing is, any time you see a team playing home outside its home, you need to give that team a lot of respect because it means all the time, we are on the road so it’s not been easy.

“If not for the fact that the players are young; many of the players are from the state league and haven’t played in the national league not to talk of the premier league including the goalscorer today so it has not been easy playing home away from home but all the same, relegation is not our portion,” said Zubair.

Wikki Tourists will face fellow relegation candidates Kwara United at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe on Wednesday in their penultimate home match of the season.

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