Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah revealed that his side was forced to resort to an alternative system following the injuries to his players in the second half of Sunday’s Matchday 16 tie with Lobi Stars, Completesports.com reports.
The Peoples Elephant held their hosts to a 0-0 draw at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.
The Aba club extended their unbeaten run in the NPFL to 10 games following the stalemate.
Abd’Allah was unable to make any tactical change in the fixture as Joseph Osadiaye, Andrew Abalogu and Nasiru Sani all got hurt.
“It’s a very good result even though we are still searching for our first away win, but the result is encouraging and I’m happy with it,” Abd’Allah told the club’s media.
“We played very well in the first half. The strategy we went in with the first half was a strategy whereby we will have to play safe so that we would open up in the second half.
“But for this match, we went with a limited option of players so we had to improvise in certain positions and then try to change the tactical approach of the team.
“Unfortunately for us, after seeing what they were capable of in the first half, we came into the second half with a totally different idea but we had some injuries and some of the players we never thought of replacing, got replaced, so the whole of what we intended to do in the second half had to change. We had to go to plan B and secure the point.”
Enyimba are second in the NPFL Group A with 25 points from 16 games six adrift of leaders Rangers.
By Adeboye Amosu