Good morning all.
While we jumped up and down and celebrated Enyimba’s 2-1 win in Kano, my friend, Mr Anonymous sent in another post. It’s below.
So long had Kano Pillars kept their leg on Enyimba’s neck, one had to assume a trip to Kano was a write-off. When you remember that the last time Enyimba even managed a goal away against Sai Masu Gida, Chrisantus Macaulay was still 17 years old, whatever hope was hidden away quickly evaporated.
When the first goal went in from the boot of Rabiu Ali, it was hard not to think, “Here we go again”. It was this same scoreline that had decided all of the last three matches in Kano between both teams. There seemed no way back.
But it was alright. After all, no one, looking at the fixture list before the start of the season, would have expected anything from Kano. The players could have taken a mental break, and packed it in, preferring to hold on for a respectable scoreline. There’s certainly no shame in losing to Pillars on their patch: it took 12 years for any visiting side to even win a game there.
Well, it’s a good thing the players had a lot more belief than many of us could muster. Any doubts as to the character and winning mentality of this team were put to bed emphatically: to win was impressive, but to do so coming from behind? That’s the stuff of champions.
Now the record is two losses in 13 years, thanks to the attitude and application of a team that, lest we forget, are champions of Nigeria. First, Nzube Anaezemba, one of the more unique players in the team ability-wise, equalized, before off-season recruit Ike ThankGod sealed a memorable, one-of-a-kind victory.
There was an extended period of extra-time, in which Pillars struck the post and worked Femi Thomas (Theophilus ‘The Magnet’ Afelokhai had to go off injured in-game), but though they huffed and puffed, the Elephant is not the largest land-mammal for nothing.
This run of four league games in 10 days now looks a lot more successful: eight points out of 12 is a healthy return, and we are slowly making our way where we belong: the summit of the table.
Incidentally, this victory helped preserve Rangers’ place at the top, which is just as well–even at a point in the season when we are not hitting the heights just yet, we still decide things at the top of the table.
Oh to be an Enyimba fan.
By the way, here’s the eleven that did the job. Subs in brackets.
Theophilus Afelokhai (Femi Thomas 83′), Dare Ojo, Chima Akas, Kelly Kester, Ikeh Thankgod, Chinedu Udoji, Nzube Anaezemba, Sikiru Kamal, Daniel Etor (Mfon Udoh), Abu Azeez, Peter Onyekachi(Ugochukwu Leonard).