Good morning Guys, welcome to a brand new week. It’s the second week of the new year and trust yours has taken off with the momentum you’d have liked. If it hasn’t, well there’s still ample time to make a detour and get back right on track. That said, let’s do some Enyimba stuff.
The season gets started this weekend and up for us first and foremost is Sunshine Stars. First thing that comes to mind is the change of personnel. We signed Central Defender Isiaka Oladuntoye from Sunshine Stars while Thankgod Ikeh moved in the opposite direction. So at the U. J Esuene Stadium in Calabar next Sunday, it would be about which Centre Back is able to guide their team to a clean sheet or better still concedes the least goals.
From there we head up to Jos where we engage Kennedy Boboye’s new wards. There are venues where we should be looking to get a win or at least a point if we would reclaim our title. It happened in our title winning season – that point away at Lobi. Bless you Idris Aloma. Gombe would be next in Calabar- these three by no means impossible games.
Our next away game following that would be Abia Warriors in Umuahia. Last time out it wasn’t a nice outing there. We got walloped in the rains. If we mean business we should get three points off that Derby. Nasarawa follows afterward in Calabar. My point in all of this is that it’s clear we have a relatively light fixtures line-up and we could make a good start to the season. Nothing beats a good and early start. Nice momentum, increase belief.
From El-Kanemi Warriors in week 6, things start looking unease. A tricky Derby with Akwa United who we can as well say are cousins to our landlords in Calabar and another trip up North to Tornadoes or is it Lokoja- it would do us some good to add some air travel for the players in the course of the season. Especially for some of these long and well laboured trips. I traveled with the team to Lokoja last time out – it is some journey believe me.
Ifeanyi Ubah would wait at home afterwards- time for some revenge if you ask me. Our trip to Kano in March is the next big fixture. That’s Match Day 12 and we play Rivers United three match days later. Wikki in Bauchi will precede Rangers in Calabar. Interestingly If we somehow remain in the title mix by the end of the season then Rangers in Enugu would be the penultimate game of the season. If we are both in the title tussle at that time, we would have some fight on our hands.
Every decent coach will tell you to take the games one at a time. Alot would happen in the course of the Season and that’s not denying the home-wins-at-all-cost syndrome but I think our season’s start has dolled us what can be termed winnable fixtures in the opening weeks. It is important that we banish the demons of last season, growing the confidence in this new team as quickly as possible.
No Enyimba player or fan would love to see a repeat of what happened last year with our team and although there are various schools of thought as to the main reason for the slump of last term, nothing will beat a nice and decent start to the season. Coach Ogunbote understands what rebuilding this team needs now and that should be a source of confidence for us fans. I agree there’s no better man for the work.
Let’s trust that we are ready and we can approach the fixtures to great season with great spirit. We are long overdue some good news. Pray this is the Season.
That’s all we can share today. There would be more on the morrow.