Good morning Pals.
It’s Saturday, but more importantly another MatchDay. It’s yet another Oriental Derby, our third of such this season with FC Ifeanyi Ubah, the rivals for today. I think we have an outstanding match with Abia Warriors, which we will tackle in the days ahead.
Our Oriental Derbies are usually our biggest tests every season and a banana skin that can determine our fate. 2 seasons ago when we lost the title to Pillars, it was our poor record with the Oriental Derby that cost us. We got 1 point out of 6 from Abia Warriors, 1 point out of 6 from Heartland and 4 out of 6 from Enugu Rangers. That’s 6 points from a possible 18! If we had as much as halved it, gotten 9 out of that 18, there was no way Pillars would have beat us to the title. How? Why? Because they won the title with just one point ahead of us.
One would think that because we are playing a side so very close home we can travel with our fans and get ourselves a decent result but it’s not always the case. In fact Derbies are usually the easiest routes to dropping points (even at home) as we have seen in the past and as Coach Ikhana says, Derbies are dangerous because the result can go either way.
Having established the surrounding premises, we should have our head in the right place to get a win today. It’s just not negotiable. Yes we have had decent away results in the past three away games. We are flying right now, unbeaten in six, gentlemen all of that counts for nothing if we don’t keep up feet on the accelerator when we line up this evening at 4pm.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah themselves started the season well, going past teams with relative ease until their recent slump. They couldn’t find away wins anymore and in fact home wins became somewhat of a struggle. Their congregation of foreigners including two Brazilians now looking like that communication lapse many felt could be their undoing has finally caught up with them. Their coach Mitko Dobrev is seated somewhere with Maurice Cooreman after being asked to give way for his assistant. Things are far away from perfect at the Nnewi based club.
But of course guys, we know how quickly things change in the League and how a decent result away from home can be the adrenaline shot a team needs to get back to playing well. My point hence, we have to ensure they go find their redemption someplace else. Not today, not in Umuahia.
Mr Aigbogun’s team surely looks to have found some rhythm especially with the personnel he has deployed in the central areas but you would think that this being a home game, he can afford a breather to some of these guys who played more in the recent past. The danger is to ensure you don’t upset the cart while doing that. So in all, I doubt there will be wholesale changes. I think maybe we could see a face or two or three, dunno. Let’s wait till 4pm.
I doubt this tie will end 4-0 like it did last season but any scoreline that means we finish the day with the three points at stake will be more than accepted.
We hope to have updates on Twitter via @EnyimbaEnyi. But if we are unable to get that sorted, we would rely on the good fellas at the LMC.
Finally for today, there are two articles I would like you to have a look at. First is one an Enyimba fan who is cheering the team from Brazil. Here’s his story and there is another one on goal.com that speaks of NPFL clubs and their social responsibility to their host communities. Surely worth your time this morning.
That’s all for today. Hope to be back tomorrow with some good news. And if you are around, abeg take that 200 Naira bus to Umuahia and go cheer the team, mbok.