Good morning peiple,
What a gwan? OK. That’s all I can conjure. But how’s it going where you’re at? Trust it’s all good. No beating about the bush. Let’s get on with today’s menu.
In fourth position in our Player of the Season is the guy who’s probably my favorite player at the club. Midfielder Nzube Anaezemba and he’s stolen this position with a total of 14% of your votes. I’m not in a place to judge why the fans picked him in this position but as the servant of all, I’ll try to justify this choice.
Like we’ve seen happen many times before, Nzube didn’t start the season as first choice in Central midfield. With the injection of very experienced Ikechukwu Ibenegbu and the duo of Dare Ojo and Kelly Kester all of who ‘can’ play in that advanced midfield role, Nzube had a familiar battle on his hands- convincing the manager that he deserves that number 10 role.
As chances however caved open, he took them as well as he could. He waited for the perfect time to get his first League goal of the Season inspiring a comeback and eventual win in Kano. The Sai Masu Gida had taken an early lead but Nzube and Thankgod Ikeh replied, handing us one of our rare away wins last season on a ground where defeat is mostly unheard of for the home side.
The two repeated the trick in the game that followed in Umuahia and that was all he heard of his goals till the double against Wikki. Incidentally, those were the last goals we scored at ‘home’ last season and it was truly inspiring because that particular home win was probably one game we didn’t really deserve to win. I think a lot of Nzube’s goals are long range strikes from outside the area. His second against Wikki a perfect example.
Aside the goals, Nzube did have a number of decent displays in midfield. Because the team was generally poor by way of what was/was not achieved this season, it could be hard to roll out the stats in Nzube’s favor but we can all agree, he’s hardly that sort of player who disappears in the course of the games.
When we played Plateau United in Umuahia, Coach Imama said he singled him out as Enyimba’s most important player and thus planned for him in our next game (Rangers in Enugu). Guess what? Nzube didn’t even get the nod to feature in that one. The talisman sat on the bench and didn’t even feature. Imama’s task made easy.
In a season where not much went according to plan for us. Nzube was one of the shinning lights. Congratulations Nzube Anaezemba
Who would be in third place? You will find out tomorrow.
Have a good one.