Match Preview: Rangers vs Enyimba

Good morning friends

Happy Easter.

This weekend means a lot to Christians because it basically is the foundation of our faith. We believe that Jesus not only died for us but he rose and he is coming back again. The life hence is acknowledging and believing this. That’s Christianity in a nutshell. Not like you didn’t already know this but a sermon once in a while wouldn’t hurt.

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For us in Enyimba, this weekend also means a lot to us. We play our first Oriental Derby of the season, one of those games whose results will surely draw strong correlations with last season’s. We are defending our League title this season and how we perform in games such as this would tell a lot.

We have not won anywhere that’s not ‘home’ so far this term. And while we excuse a new team, a new coach, we also expect to start seeing good results sooner than later if for nothing, for the inspiration and confidence of the team.

Last night we ranted awhile on. Twitter and it would be nice if you can get on the @EnyimbaEnyi time line and look a bit.

Rangers have started well, unlike in previous seasons and with the sort of results they’ve posted this term, there is cause for optimism in their camp that this year they would be achieving something. But in reality, they’ve only just won one point away from home in Warri. The rest of the games were expected home wins. The other two games were away games which they lost. – In Kano and midweek in Makurdi.

My point being, as good as they have been made to look this season (and they have been good in that light) they’ve just done what you expect them to do. Wikki, Plateau and Akwa United they effortlessly tore apart but were those away games, then we can start looking at them as immortals.

They score a lot of goals at home. They have quick front men and their manager being one who loves attack would unleash them on us. The onus lies on us to stay compact, defensively solid and maybe try to play them on the break. That’s what worked last season. This is my opinion but come on, I’m not the coach.

Like we said here on the blog yesterday, some games mark the turn around for a team every season. For us, I think it was FC Ifeanyi Ubah last year. It was a defeat yea but after it the team resolved for changes. We lost to Pillars soon after but that was the only defeat till Warri Wolves in mid-season. We drew away at places like Bauchi and Ibadan and wins in Kwara and Port Harcourt.

I think we can kick-start our season from here.

On personnel changes, I believe there has to be quite a number of them. I think Mfon Udoh and Ibenegbu would both return. Unless of course they are unfit. You would also think Uwadiegwu should make a return at LB even though Akas played well on Thursday. I would also bank on Afelokhai to continue in goal.

At RB it’s wishful thinking to want Maamo to start because he’s basically the only natural RB in the team. But George didn’t do badly against Plateau so he could be asked to continue.

You know how reluctant I am nowadays to name the lineup, I’ll let it pass because well, all of us are still trying to get used to Mr. Aigbogun.

In all, I’m backing us to get a decent result this evening. Won’t be easy but which game is easy? But if you don’t believe you can then you don’t even have a chance.

Back tomorrow with good news I pray…

‘EnyimbaEnyi

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