Our biggest tie of the season so far: Enyimba vs Rivers United

It would be unfair to the disciples of this blog if they don’t get a dedicated blog post for our most important cup final of the season. This evening, at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan we have Rivers United standing in our way as we look to advance into the semis of the Federation Cup. 

Despite an inconsistent show in the League, we have done nobly so far in this competition. Going past where we exited last season and with the League title looking beyond our reach, this looks like our surest route to not only a trophy this season but also to a place in the Continent next year. 

To be honest, Rivers United have excelled expectations, and have been the revelation of this season. I mean Fairplay to Wikki Tourists and Rangers but a side that was battling relegation only a year ago, is right up there with the best teams of this season, eyeing the Premier League crown. 

Stanley Eguma was inches from being sacked but like a cat with ninety nine lives, he’s steadied the ship and his job is yet again insured in gold. You can’t talk of sacking a man who has Rivers United sitting in third place and with a very good shot at the League title. You must be evil to even have such thoughts. 

What we have to do hence is pretty much straight to the point. Overcome them today. Yes we haven’t scored against them this season. They’ve taken four points off us this term thanks to a resolute back line, but we just have to find a way around it. There’s basically no two ways to that. 

We have struggled to get the right permutations and combinations in virtually every department of the team but that is because we have a million and three players at the team. Decent lads but very few showing that consistency to show they deserve to start every game. 

Scores could end 7-6 today, it doesn’t matter, as long as we go through. So we must start out quickly and on the right foot and ensure we don’t make mistakes at the back. Probably it would be Afelokhai who’s picked for this tie but even if it’s Ocheje that gets the nod, key is to keep us in the tie. 

Last season I’d probably predict a starting line-up but that’s difficult this season. I think the choice of personnel who start must be key. Who takes the midfield? The experienced Ibenegbu or the more dynamic Nzube? On the flanks, do we start Osadiaye or give Bassey his run from Kick-off? 

In central defence would Udoji get recalled or do we stick with Uche + Ike? Up top? Who gets the nod? Which of the strikers has goals ripe enough to be picked? I wish I can help. Guess I’ll just pray the gaffer makes an inspired selection today. 

We would have updates via Twitter on @EnyimbaEnyi and you can join us from then. By the way, I did a joint post with my friend @ekine4 for football plus. Good article if you’ve not see it. Click here

It’s a cup game against a very decent opposition but they also know we are no pushovers ourselves. Let’s hope we triumph over them this third time of asking this season. 

Back tomorrow with good news I pray. 

‘EnyimbaEnyi 

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