Good morning Guys,
Trust you are bubbling and alive and well this morning. Otito dili Jesu…
The lads return to action this evening at the Akure Stadium when standing in the way would be Sunshine Stars. Remember them? That team that got their fans all excited and they all believed they were all set for a first League title but stumbled by the way side in the closing stages.
They did give a lot of us some head scratching and chin picking that season and we thought we had a very serious opponent then but we were to be fooled as well by them. They came to Aba and Ezekiel Bassey tore them apart. Stephen Eze their giant center half would get our first goal, an own goal on the day.
The return fixture was our last game of the season after we had secured the title. They needed to beat us to get a place in the Continent but no way. They just couldn’t get the goal they needed. The game ended in a draw and they lost everything they fought all season for. In fact they have not beaten us in at least two years. The upper year was a 2-2 draw, a game that Udoji told me was one game Enyimba should have won.
Anyway, back to what is on our plate today. Sunshine Stars have had a pitiful start to the season especially when compared to what they were like this time last year. They sit underneath us on the table despite having played three games more than we have. In other words, it has been a really poor start to the season for them but obviously they would be looking to change that today.
For us though, our attention is moved from our weekend heroics to the League. We have been far away from our usual dogged ‘away’ self of last year but our recent results even though they have been at home, should inspire us to some decent and dogged display away from home today. By Tuesday next week we will be playing the most important away game of our season so far… Why not use today’s as a nice dress rehearsal?
I doubt if the manager would be filing out the same victorious eleven of the weekend especially with one eye on Tuesday’s game. We could see slight changes especially in midfield and attack. One man most likely to miss out would be Christian Pyagbara who got knackered by the Tunisians. Musa Najere also misses out, leaving the room for a duo of Leonard and Abu Azeez to lead the line.
Perhaps Daniel Etor would get the nod on one flank and maybe Frimpong or Abalogu on the other. Most likely too it could be Femi Thomas in goal and Emma Anyanwu slotting into the back four. Maybe Akas would get a breather for Uwadiegwu and perhaps Ifeanyi George could even start at Right Back. Nzube/Kamal in the middle? Forgive me guys but second guessing Paul Aigbogun is the second most difficult thing to do in the world.
But in all we have an important tie on our hands, one that we can assert ourselves in and get a first point on the road this season. (In reality that is not particularly true seeing that all the games we have played this year has been away from home). We can back on the confidence earned from the weekend victory and we can move onto bigger things from thence onwards.
Updates will have to be from the LMC’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
All the best to the guys…
Back tomorrow with good news hopefully.
PS. We want to Kick start a weekly column where fans can tell their unique Enyimba stories. It doesn’t have to be anything fanciful or even have a good ending. Just a unique Enyimba experience you had either from a distant past or from the present. So feel free to forward us such stories. We would publish them on the blog. More on this, including a generous donation we received from one of our ‘Ogas’ in the days ahead.