Rumbling in the Umuahia sands. Match Preview: Abia Warriors vs Enyimba 

Good morning Everyone, 

Everyday it’s getting relatively more difficult to do Enyimba posts. This of course has nothing to do with whatever is on going with the management and the players and all match results etc. Here’s purely from the standpoint that time is really precious nowadays. I have also resisted the temptation to blog at my convenience, it should always arrive latest 6am Nigerian time. 

Onto the small matter of Abia Warriors today. We travel from our new State- Cross River to Abia State to play in what used to be the Abia Classico. Normally this should be a Derby but it is only a derby because the two teams are funded by the State Government. I have a post warming up nicely on how Governments are impeding Sports Development in Nigeria. Someday.

From Calabar to Umuahia is approximately the same distance as from Aba to Warri. So do we say playing Warri Wolves or Bayelsa United or even Rivers United is any kind of Derby? Never heard them thus called. I digress. But it’s a derby nonetheless and our current ‘home’ is only temporary. It’s one of those fixtures that rarely have us come out clothed in glory having decimated and dominated our state rivals. 

It’s even a loftier task this season because they have made a flying start. Nearly an unbeaten start to the campaign except that very controversial penalty awarded against them in their weekend clash with Remo Stars, Okey Emordi isn’t talking too much, he’s shaming all of us (yours truly included) who wrote him off. They have also benefitted from the mass exodus we had at the end of the year, the likes of Moses Ocheje, Joshua Enaholo and Ifeanyi George are a few names with them.

Add that to what appears to be an adrenaline shot they get whenever they see our blue lined up before them, we have a game on our hands. Last midweek’s defeat in Jos notwithstanding, many fans have been impressed with the work Coach Ogunbote have done in the so far and there generally is some sort of excitement that things are looking up. Winning this tie will generate more truth to that belief. The opposite, well, it would be the ‘I told you so’. 

The selection would be interesting for this considering how it was the bench that settled proceedings in Calabar on Sunday. Ismaila Gata has only managed starts from the bench but the powerful striker can be just what this game needs. One who will play in tandem with young striker Ibrahim Mustapha. What happens on the flanks is yet another tough call. Would Ohanachom start or would it be Dimgba? 

A couple of eyes would be at the game and I hope one of them runs live updates for us on the blog. Alternatively, we might just settle for the twitter and Facebook buzz from the LMC and the other journos who would be at the game. 

The instruction is simple- get this win and prove your mettle. Here’s me praying that when I’m up tomorrow morning, it would be with smiles to share here on the blog. Amen somebody? 

Till then, have a good one. 

‘EnyimbaEnyi

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