Guest Post by @AmosCP.
Over the weekend, Enyimba swapped places with Kano Pillars on the NPFL table after a hard fought 2-1 victory in Port Harcourt. Rangers’s away victory in Uyo the day before meant that the chasing quartet of Enyimba, Wikki Tourists, Rivers and Kano Pillars had to make a statement on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Kano based Pillars, they had the Elephants to contend with.
Christian Obiozor didn’t make the team but the Elephants had Moses Ocheje in goal with the following outfield players: Uche John, Chima Akas, Kelly Kester, Chinedu Udoji, Ifeanyi Anaemena, Mfon Udoh, Stephen Chukwude, Christian Pyagbara, Nzube Anaezemba and Osadiaye Joseph.
It took just 10 minutes before Ifeanyi Anaemena converted from a corner kick. Osadiaye’s shot was cleared by Pillars to give away the corner kick. The Elephants were only ahead for less than a minute because in the 11th minute, Adamu Mohammed made no mistakes as he levelled for Pillars. It was a moment that Chinedu Udoji would be perplexed as to how he couldn’t clear.
The game went on with different flashes from both sides with Kelly Kester kante-ring around in the middle of the pack. Akas made meaningful runs and Osadieye drew a couple of saves from Obiazo, Pillars’ goalie.
In the 71st minute, Chukwude was tripped in the box and Enyimba was awarded their first penalty of the season. Is it an Oriental stuff? Heartland got their first penalty of the season in the last matchday against us. Well, Uche John sent Obiazo the other way from the spot although had the positive luck of the upright to thank. They held on to the valuable 3 points. A 2-1 victory for Enyimba and a double over Kano Pillars moves the team to the top 4 with 40 points.
With 2 games in hand, Enyimba can still nurse the hopes of winning the 2015/16 NPFL title. We are just 6 points behind. There will be more upsets. Will our Oriental neighbour Rangers win their first trophy since Adam? Will Heartland grace the NNL? 12 more weeks to go.
In other news, Sundowns defeated Zamalek 2-1 in Egypt to move to the top of the CAF Champions League group with 6 points. These Brazilians had no respect for the Egyptians and Enyimba must do same when they visit Zamalek. We must also hope that Sundowns do the double over Zamalek and lose to Enyimba in Port Harcourt. Enough of those permutations, a couple of 90 minutes on the pitch will tell.
Chima Akas was named captain of the NPFL all stars that will tour Spain. We wish him and the four other Enyimba players well in the camp. Will Enyimba cope with the absence of 5 of their key players?
We will cross the bridge when we get there.
Enjoy your week.