Head coach Finidi George said ‘the best team didn’t win’ after watching his Enyimba side surrender all three points to Remo Stars in a rescheduled Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) match in Aba on Wednesday.
Former Enyimba forward Samad Kadiri’s 33rd minute goal proved decisive as the Sky Blue Stars secured a 1-0 win against the reigning champions in a game the hosts dominated, creating and wasting lots of scoring chances.
Still basking in the euphoria of last weekend’s win against rivals Heartland in Owerri, the People’s Elephant came into Wednesday’s clash knowing a win would take them to second position of the log.
However, it was their former man Kadiri who inflicted their first home defeat in the NPFL in two seasons.
Asked if Remo Stars were the better side, the former Ajax and Real Betis star said: “No, it is not the best team that won. You saw all the chances that we had.
“They didn’t play in the second half apart from some long balls they tried to use. But I think we gave our all. All the chances came from Enyimba in the second half.
“If we had converted some of those chances, we would not be talking about which team is the best team.”
The defeat leaves the 2-time African champions 5th on the NPFL standings, with 16 points from 10 matches – 4pts behind table-toppers Lobi Stars.
Finidi George’s side will next face Sunshine Stars in Aba on Saturday as they continue their title defence.