So we are finally playing Akwa United tomorrow evening.
I wonder which is the best route to Uyo from Aba. Perhaps you will drive to Port Harcourt then from the Eleme road drive on till you arrive Uyo. Brilliant but the question is, how do you even get to Port Harcourt with both Port Harcourt Roads and Osisioma Junctions bad and barely motor-able. Maybe you could go through New Umuahia road, burst at Umuahia, then connect to Ikot Ekpene through the Umudike Road. When you get to Ikot Ekpene, you’re 25 minutes or so from Uyo.
One would be wondering why I’m getting into such narrative seeing we have a football match to talk about here, sorry guys but our leaders have ensured that getting to Uyo from Aba is the most difficult task on earth. Well done o!
Anyway, back to business, it’s Akwa United tomorrow as we count down to the end of what has been a very eventful season (13 games to go). Akwa United has not been a very friendly opponent but then which opponent is friendly actually? Like they hug and shake your hands when you score them? They are of course like every other club around us that can only dream to be like us. Our bouts with them are worth remembering even though most have been for the wrong reasons.
They started the season better than us and while we nursed our early exit from the CAF Champions League this season, they with Sharks were every one’s darling teams. Namso Edo was bagging the goals from his wizardry set pieces and there is talk of their new Ultra Modern Stadium currently under construction.
They are a good side no doubt even though they have battled with silly draws at home and woeful performances away. I saw them play Abia Warriors in Umuahia (on DSTV) and for the first 10 minutes, they practically pegged Bosso’s boys in their half. It took an early red card to one of their very physically imposing defenders for Warriors to find their footing in the game. That small team in Umuahia won the game 4-1 but it could have been lot worse.
In the first leg in Aba, Godspower Aniefiok was just phenomenal. I enjoy watching the guy play and I hope we nab him at the end of the season as we did Mfon Udoh. I think a player of his quality will surely improve our midfield. I think Mfon will be up for it tomorrow even though I doubt if Oga Kadiri will start him. By the way, I interviewed Skippo Chinedu and Uche John and they both conceded that Mfon remains the best attacker in the League even before he joined us.
The boys must be stay focused for the 90 minutes as they know this is a game that they have the ability to win. The Rangers game in Enugu and the Warriors game in Umuahia are two games we got 2 instead of 6 and you can’t help but wonder where we would be on the table had we picked up those points. Well, there’s no crying over spilled milk. We should get all three in this one or at worst a draw.
It will be a very tight game of course fueled by the pressure from the stands and our boys must cut silly errors. Our defenders must avoid rash challenges especially in the penalty area so you don’t give the referee an easy decision of awarding a spot kick. Akwa United have issues with creativity having drawn Nasarawa in Uyo a few weeks back. Uwadiegwu enjoys bumping forward to join the attack hence adequate cover must be provided him because they have Ezekiel Bassey who can be a danger from the flanks.
Oto-Obong and Emmanuel Ariwa will use their physicality against our smaller looking strikers Mfon and Andrew but I think we can play to our strengths, quick passing and movement off the ball that will keep their defenders guessing. Our midfielders must release the balls on time to the runners and yes I know it is a different ball game playing away from home but we are not 6 times GLO Premier League Champions for nothing.
Preferred XI: Ejiogu, Ojobo, Anyanwu, Udorji, Uwadiegwu, Olabiyi, Aliyu, Sokari, Abalogu, Mfon, Boumsong,
Let’s beat them as usual. Enyimba Enyi.