So another poor result, another two points dropped and after last weekend’s conquest In Uyo, 9 points we dreamt of could only in reality be 5. As the game ended yesterday, the reaction on social media clearly expressed the pain we fans felt. It was not nice at all.
Mr Aigbogun made a couple of changes in his line up as his tunbom tunbom continued. Enaholo was given the nod in goal, sadly he conceded two. It could have been worse. Much worse I learnt. The back four was pretty much the same but Kamal and Dare took the places of Nzube and Kester respectively. Akas played his fifth game in a row. On the flanks, it was Frimpong and Osadiaye and up top Peter and Abu Azeez.
I didn’t see the game but from the updates we were receiving, it did not look good at all. Our opponents had the ball in the back of the net twice but it was ruled out for offside. Abu got an opener for us, they replied instantly. Shortly after the interval, they took the lead and were truly on their way to all three points before Udoji saved us the blushes. I can’t remember a home game that opened up in this fashion. Not good at all.
Someone asked, if Ikorodu United’s poor run had infected their closest neighbours. Funny, it isn’t funny. Even at this stage of this blog post I’m still not sure what I should offer as my thoughts on this season and the goings on so far. I’ll try.
First and foremost, this season would be a transitional season for us. It would be one that it would take a miracle for us to land on the Continent or even win anything. After winning the title last year, the club did it’s best to upset the cart. A title winning coach was denied a new contract, a new man was brought in then the most important factor the club needs thrive was denied it, our stadium was put on an indefinite span of renovation.
Add to the mix that a title winning team was slit in two, a legion of players brought on such that we have way too many similar players that none can find his rhythm three months into a new season. Let’s be honest with ourselves, wasn’t all this expected?
We can blame the Umuahia pitch but Abia Warriors themselves are doing well on it as well as doing well off it. Yesterday they went to Nnewi and got a point. They have been beaten just once this year. One will also point out that they have had a couple of struggles at home no thanks to this wonder pitch, they are showing some fire in their stomach when they travel away from home. We have to start solving these problems one after the other.
First and foremost, we need to go back to our Stadium. It is so very obvious a blind man can see it. Aside the fact that the pitch at home which in its waterlogged state is better than the Umuahia pitch, we have the compliment of one of the greatest congregation of fans. Add the fact that Enyimba is losing between 1.5million to 3 million Naira in gate takings, even if you had to borrow to get the stadium fixed, this club would have produced much more in returns, I mean look at how much money the Champions League has fetched us.
Then there is our new gaffer and his tunbom tunbom on this team. A squad poorly managed, decent players who we can’t seem to conjure up the right formation and tactics to counter what the opposition would throw at us. But hold on, should it be ‘what the opposition throws at us’ at home or them defending what we throw at them? To be honest, his ways and style has been bewildering to me. Even the Akwa United win, it was particularly more of the fact that Akwa United were poor on the day than that we were fantastic on the evening.
This is looking like one long long season before us. We are not without troubles but I don’t think that a side that won 23 points away from home last season has suddenly become shit this year. Perhaps we can get a point in Kano in midweek and three points as well away from home next Sunday. Pillars beat Sunshine Stars in Akure yesterday. Same place we lost 2-1.
Please Pray for Enyimba.