Aigbogun: Why I returned to Enyimba - FCNaija

NPFL By: Ambrose Udeme | 14/01/2018

Enyimba will commence the 2017/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League campaign on Sunday against Lobi Stars in Makurdi, as the bid for a record eighth title begins. The game also marks the return of Paul Aigbogun to the helm at the two-time African champions. The Technical Adviser fielded questions on a range of subjects in the build-up to the game. Excerpts below.

On his previous stint at the club and what persuaded him to return this time around, the former Warri Wolves manager said: "I think it was a situation where, before the end of the season, I was needed a break. I wasn’t interested in even coaching anywhere in Nigeria, and I needed to spend time at home. So that was why I took a year off.

"I always had a good relationship (with the club); from the first time I worked here, I think it was 2013 or 2012. I’ve always maintained a good relationship with the management of the club.

"I always say Enyimba is one of the most organized clubs in the country. So it wasn’t even a question; there are very few clubs I would be interested in coming to work with in Nigeria, and Enyimba is one of them." said Aigbogun

On if he has any regrets regarding how the last stint went, the coach added: "I think there were a range of circumstances at play, not only from the coaches’ side. But anywhere you work, whether you’re successful or not successful, you learn from it. No situation is wasted.

"So there are certain things I wouldn’t do again, and certain things I’ll repeat. So it’s just a matter of the circumstances at the time.

"I think on the continent, to me, we were quite successful. Five years prior to that, no team did as well as we did, and even up until now, no [Nigerian] team has gotten to the Group Stage.

"Obviously, I wasn’t satisfied, because when you get that far, you want to go all the way." he added