So we got a draw, our second draw of the season at the Aper Aku Stadium in Markurdi yesterday. Unlike the Akwa game, this one actually ended 1-1 and saw us concede our first goal this season albeit from the penalty spot.
Kadiri Ikhana’s team selection was a little different in that he preferred Solomon Babatunde to Chima Uluocha in the defensive midfield position. Perhaps he was being cautious knowing that he couldn’t afford losing him for the more crucial games ahead. The other change was Raphael Boumsong who probably got rewarded for getting that goal last Sunday.
Idris Aloma got his first Enyimba goal in his 5th appearance for us this season, a well worked team goal in the 32nd minute. Having seen Aloma play, it’s easy to see how that he has kept Ugwu Uwadiegwu out of the team. Last season, Uwadiegwu was one of the most important and consistent players we had of course that was before his injury. However this guy joins from El Kanemi Warriors and has just kept the more experienced and most dangerous (via set pieces) Uwadiegwu out of the Enyimba line up. Even though he appear to have struggled in the last couple of games courtesy of the number of games he had played, it’s good to see he’s kept his attitude and drive on such that when the team needed a goal, he popped at the right time and place to hand us the lead.
The lead would however last seven minutes as they got back into the game courtesy of a spot kick, some defender handling in the box. It is sad to see such vital away goal being cancelled out by a defensive error but then that’s football for you and somehow we held on to get a vital point. Someone asked if this was two points lost or one gained. It’s simple, it’s an away game, a ground where we left empty handed last season. I think it’s a good away point. I believe a lot of teams will do well on the road this season because the level of the officiating in the league has surely gone up. I saw a referee give two red cards last Sunday to the home team because they committed fouls that deserved such even though they were trailing.
Well, we head back to Aba to prepare for the visit of Solomon Ogbeide’s Bayelsa United this Sunday. I hope we get more of our players back so we can rest some of those who have played every second of this season so far. But then this is a welcome one point and we can be proud of ourselves for such an emphatic display. Also a hearty congratulations to Idris Aloma on his goal, we pray that many more of such follow…
Finally I want to salute a senior friend and an Oga, Mr Harry Iwuala who turns 50 today. 50 no be beans o, Thanks be to God Almighty for his love, kindness and blessings. May the blessings keep flooding in continually and may all otherwise be surmountable. Thank you sir for all you’ve taught me and for all I’m learning daily from you. Happy Birthday Sir.
Enjoy your day and happy one point from Lobi.