7 points out of 9 and we are within touching distance of league leaders Pillars. Much was said of the visit of Warri Wolves, a side that picked all three points from Abia Warriors in Umuahia and had 4 ex Enyimba players in the line up. The gaffer in the opposite dugout was also a familiar one, our former TA, Paul Aigbogun. We were ate for a tough one and from the stands where we sat, I feared the worst.
I remember watching our boys run around for 90 minutes against Giwa in Aba. It was a draw but it felt like a defeat. So with the number of ex Enyimba now with the opponents, I was not feeling confident. But then the Giwa result was from another time and an entirely different Enyimba. This is a new Enyimba ably conducted by Kadiri Ikhana.
Our boys started the game and brightly too. A dipping volley in the 2nd minute looked headed in but it went over by a few inches. Then Mfon got a chance from a tight angle which he blew over. Chinonso caught Our former defender Monday Osagie off the ball. He saw Nzube sprinting towards goal and set it up. The latter took it in a hurry, it went horribly wide. We were tightening the screws but we were not yet there.
Our breakthrough came 5 minutes later and the goal will rank among the best we have seen at the Stadium this season. Nzube lifted the ball into the path of Mfon and our number 10 did the rest. 1-0.
We were not done. Uwadiegwu was having fun down the left. Bursting forward at will and putting in those crosses. The pace and movement of our attack since Ihkana took over is simply frightening and will trouble teams for the rest of the season. Rasheed and Nzube dominated the midfield with Bright joining the attack from the right flank as Ugwu was doing at the opposite end.
The second goal took a long time to come and before it did, Wolves had a chance to pull level. Anubi had two chances, one he skewed wide and the other forced Femi Thomas to go down and make a good save.
Nzube got our second and that is thanks to Esieme’s industry down the right. His ball in caused panic in the visitor’s defense. They couldn’t clear and the ball fell to Anaezemba. A clever dummy got a defender out of the way and he poked into the far bottom corner. His celebrations too showed he clearly enjoyed the goal, his recent performances have been nothing short of phenomenal.
There were other chances and there were tackles and yellows too. Mfon got kicked out of the game and we had a chance to see our new boy Meshack Chukwubuikem. His footwork and drive looks exciting.
It’s a great time to be an Enyimba supporter, the players are playing with real fire in their belly and it was not surprising to hear the applause and cheers at the end of the game. Our next stop is Abia Warriors on Sunday who we have already overtaken on the table. It’s time to doll out some revenge. They say it is best served cold right? Let’s do it.