The club became champions for the seventh time, a feat unprecedented in Nigerian club football and overtook Rangers with six titles.
On an afternoon when only a solitary point was required, Kadiri Ikhana’s men did just enough to hold second placed Wolves to a goalless draw in a stadium filled beyond capacity.
It was not the spectacle that many expected but it wouldn’t matter to Enyimba who played a man less for nearly 40 minutes after substitute Daniel Etor was sent off for lashing out at Gbolahan Salami just after the break.
There were few anxious moments for the home fans but Femi Thomas was never really tested and as the game progressed, Warri Wolves who were sharp in first half grew increasingly weary as their belief and hope eroded. With the shift in momentum, Enyimba picked up the pace and played with purpose in the final 20 minutes and almost had a goal to crown their efforts.
Champions of the league in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010, fans of the club had waited five years for another league victory and began chanting ‘Enyimba, Enyi’ in the closing stages. When the final whistle eventually sounded, the stadium erupted in screams of joy and relief.
After a 12-week stay at the top of the table, the triumph of the club feels fully deserved and worthy of praise.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLES ELEPHANT