Good morning Guys,
We’ve won a game finally. The Abia Derby with Warriors. The result sends us to 4th 6 points from leaders Wikki Tourists with an outstanding game. My friend @ekine4 saw the game and has penned today’s blog.
The relief was obvious from Coach Paul Aigbogun’s body language at the blast of the full time whistle. His charges have just ended a woeful run of games without a win in all competitions.
A man who was sober, drenched and left scratching his head in the rain a few days ago now appeared confident and relieved. What a start to his Enyimba tenure it’s been.
As derbies go, this wasn’t one of those spectacles you see with beautiful goals, hard tackles and lots of talking points it was in fact somewhat of a bore fest bar an early flurry of chances.
One change was made from the team that lost to Zamalek at the weekend with Moses Ocheje replacing Theophilus Afelokhai in goal but optimism by fans was almost turned into despair in the opening minutes as Abia Warriors’ Ndifreke Effiong’s header narrowly missed its way into the net.
The people’s Elephants responded in superb fashion three minutes later with the impressive Dare Ojo firing a shot from distance which took a wicked deflection and nestled in the net with Warriors goalkeeper Anozie Chinedu left rooted to the spot.
The reigning NPFL champions pushed for a second. Pyagbara brought down a long ball well on his chest, took aim at goal but his goal bound shot was blocked leaving the ex-Sharks FC man looking to the sky asking what must he do to score.
Then came arguably the best moments of a match in which Abia Warriors had no shot on goal, Joseph Osadiaye weaved his way like a snake in a maze but again Anozie Chinedu stood his ground to parry the ball out for a corner.
The less said about the second half, the better as substitutions from both sides and intermittent fouls made the game look like watching a paint on a wall dry. One of such substitutions was Ezekiel Bassey’s introduction for Joseph Osadiaye and the tricky winger showed signs of his last season self, he’s surely knocking hard on the door for a return to the starting XI.
Minds quickly switched to the big one next Wednesday with the win already in the bag and a five-game winless run halted, one can only take positives as to how well drilled they looked, they will need all that in South Africa, who says we can’t beat them?
Much was made about our winless run and less about we facing a rival, let’s savour the moment as we plot the downfall of Mamelodi Sundowns.
We are Enyimba! Enyimbaenyi!
Thank you Ekine. Thank you Rivers State for lending us your surface.
Back tomorrow with a lengthier post.