So we trashed the 2013/2014 Premier League Champions beating them blue black as the whole nation watched. It doesn’t take away the joy of being triple champions from them but the victory should soothe our fans who have painfully watched their side finish second best yet again.
The game started in a such a quick tempo and within the first ten minutes, we should have scored 4. Seriously. No jokes. Ayaya, Mfon, Anaezemba and Okonkwo all went close in the opening stages. Pillars were pegged back in their own half and the defenders Chinedu and co were practically on the half way line most of that time.
The breakthrough eventually came and it was that man, Mfon Udoh who was responsible yet again, I was very close to the pitch and his control and finishing for that first goal ranks as one of the best I’ve seen this season. It could have been really disappointing if we didn’t take advantage of the early pressure to go ahead.
Soon after, He got his second and 23rd goal of the season. I saw a stat on this platform showing that Mfon scored 46% of all our goals this season. I will address that in the next few weeks when I access how the various departments in the team fared.
After our second, Gambo Mohammed pulled one back for them as the Defence went to sleep. Ever so often this season, we have seen the team switch off at keys moments in the game, again I’m deviating I guess. We will deal with that later. Amanfor got our third in the second half, converting Okonkwo’s cross to restore the two goal cushion. From then on, it didn’t seem like they could salvage anything else from the game. Okonkwo got himself sent off late in the game but then, it didn’t matter. In the end we finished the game 3-1 to seal our place in the CAF Champions League.
In other news Warri Wolves did the impossible, getting a draw out of Nasarawa United game to seal third place ahead of the Lafia side. Our victory over Pillars ensuring that we were not in danger of missing out on the second spot.
We celebrate the victory and joy of beating Pillars but It was far from a roller coaster ride ahead of the game. The boys did not train from Wednesday till the game. It was same incident ahead of the PH game where we drew to Dolphins. Do players do better when they don’t train? I don’t know but it appears so. There has to be some explanation to that.
The players have now gotten some part of the payments owed them and they are currently preparing for what could be our only remaining hope for a trophy this season- the Federations Cup finals against Dolphins in Lagos. I’m looking forward to that and we are strong favorites for that one but then, as always, caution.
I will do a full preview on that by Friday but in the mean time. Let’s enjoy sealing second place and a spot in next season’s CAF Champions League.
One win down, one more to go.