Good morning All.
It just didn’t happen for us yesterday as we faced Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja. Aside that point in Warri, it’s been one away defeat after the other and with just a handful of games left, this torrid and turbulent season cannot end soon enough.
Mr Aigbogun opted to start Alloy Brown and Musa Najare in attack with Mfon Udoh as a three man front line. Nzube and Oladapo played behind the front trio and Kester shielding an unchanged back four. I’ll like to point out that it’s interesting to see a willingness by the technical crew to make some tactical changes as opposed to the regular 4-4-2 we played home and away prior to this time.
The game had its moments, chances by both teams but there hardly was any fantastic saves by either goalkeeper. According to updates from the club’s official handle, we did have a couple of half chances – Mfon, Najare, Brown and Akas but they were all half chances and we wouldn’t convert.
As the game wore on and our hosts hadn’t scored, we felt we could defend well and irk out a point. Truth be told, our visitors also had their moments but they found our defence an impenetrable wall. Kester and Thankgod and Emma took turns to hack off crosses and threatening balls into our area and for the ones that went past them, Afelokhai claimed.
Then came the moment, 15 minutes from time when the referee awarded Tornadoes a penalty. Aside the referee who believed he had spotted a punishable offence in the area, there was no other human being alive who felt it was deserved. It took about five minutes before both teams returned and agreed to continue the game. Tornadoes converted and took the lead.
It’s happening in virtually every center now, isn’t it? Every match day reports such incidents and you want to know if our League isn’t being plunged back into the medieval. We can close our eyes to these things and act as though they don’t exist or speak up and demand changes. This isn’t as much as who is favored or who isn’t, there’s a big elephant in the room and if we are not bothered by these things then we have not done our part.
The primary concern is with the League’s new disciples. Folks who the LMC has successfully won over. Guys who have began to place interest and faith in the League again. I hope the institutions involved find solutions to these things otherwise we are in big big trouble.
Done for today.