A new Aigbogun or a new gaffer? 

Good morning Everyone. 

So we’ve stopped grieving and lamenting over the just concluded season and it is only sane we start making plans toward the new one. No doubt there will be massive changes- especially with the playing personnel and (if you’re interested in word on the street) managerial changes too. 

Should Aigbogun and his crew go? Should he stay? I don’t know but I’m grateful it’s not my call to make. One group would say he was a victim of decisions that shaped the rest of the season, others would say he’s not improved the side at all all year round. Others would say he’s not Enyimba standard. Yet for others, he would need more time to get things right. 

A friend shared his thoughts on Facebook following yesterday’s blog. 

Enyimba like Chelsea faltered in their title defence but the clear difference is the Management’s proactive steps to forestall a recurrence. @Chelsea; A pragmatic coach who places premium on physical fitness and discipline was recruited (not advocating for Aigbogun’s sack), players who fit his style of play were signed and retained, but those who fell short and became surplus to requirement were sold or loaned. @ Enyimba; Last season’s dismal performance still retains a bitter taste in the mouth, until a sweetener pops up. That is where the Club Management come in to inspire hope and banish the gloom amongst the massive fan-base. 1) The lack of home support did play a part in last season’s poor show. For a start, Progress reports on the Enyimba Stadium in view of next season would galvanise hope and interest again. 2) A prompt decision on the coaching crew. If Aigbogun is staying, make it public now and back him to the hilt. Give him a free hand to do an audit on the playing personnel, and provide him with the tool to do the job. If another coach is in the offing, then quicken the process and have him in the saddle before major transfers are done without his input. In every Organisation, the Management team show leadership and direction in good and bad times…let them inspire confidence and hope, the grief that still exist will be history.

I think his thoughts make sense. It’s key that rather than waiting till very late, the club has to swing into action as soon as possible. The verdict must be made on the gaffer because of the many issues we had last season, one is the lack of full pre-season and interaction- players and gaffer. 

Whispers on the street have different men already warming up for the job. Yes,  the Club released a statement a couple of weeks ago debunking those but until and unless a similar statement is released stating the club’s stance going forward we will continue to be linked with any coach out there with friends in the media and that can speak some English.

Perhaps we could dwell more on this in the days ahead.  

Meanwhile, the story surrounding the passing of Shooting Star Izu Joseph continues to send shock signals to all that hear it. Yesterday on the radio show we got talking about it yet again and fans expressed their utter dismay at the incident. These things bring home the reality of how things are in a mess in the world. 

It also puts things in perspective, our entire lives are not just about supporting Enyimba or the local football. We live in a country where a lot of things are in need of fixing. Life exists beyond football. There’s love and family and money and life. Hence keeping a godly and positive outlook will ensure we can support our Enyimba and still have things going on rightly in the other sectors of our lives. May God help us all.

Congratulations by the way to Oga Patrick Okpalanwa who got married a couple of weeks ago. Here’s wishing you a happy married life filled with God’s blessings. Defender Ifeanyi Anaemena has his in the pipeline, I heard, say November or so. Details when I have them. 

And to the bachelors hanging around and all over the place, whatever are you waiting for? 

Back tomorrow 



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