Blogs are sweetest and easiest to write after a win. Ask anyone who writes on ThatEnyimbaFan 🙂 On other blogs too I believe. After our fifth game of the season, the table reads- P5 W3 D1 L1 P10. The Gbenga Ogunbote era is looking good so far.
Mfon Udoh delivered the goods yet again, popping up our first after Mustapha was brought down in the area before adding a sublime second following Nasarawa’s equalizer. That keeps our Calabar record intact and like someone tweeted yesterday, Enyimba seems to have found home in Nigeria’s former capital city.
The gaffer made changes from the midweek draw with starts to Ugochukwu Leonard who by the way had his birthday sometime last week. Chima Akas retained his place at Left Back as did Solomon Okpako in midfield. Ibenegbu yet again played in the number 10 role while Osadiaye was handed a start on the left of Midfield.
Nelson Ogbonnaya partnered Ifeanyi Anaemena in Central Defense and one is left asking whatever happened to Isiaka Oladuntonye. Yea you’ll ask that because on the substitute’s bench we had Gbadebo Samson as the reserve Centre Back. Some injury perhaps? Tough to tell at the moment.
We were quickly off the blocks from the early running and Mfon came close twice in the first five minutes. He surely was in the mood and well it wasn’t long before he broke the deadlock. The goal itself wasn’t his making – Striker Ibrahim Mustapha got upended in the area with just 12 minutes played. That was of course minutes after Leonard nearly opened his account this season.
Up stepped Mfon beating the Nasarawa Goalkeeper. Leonard and Akas did come close in the minutes that followed before Nasarawa United got back on level terms. A minute later Mfon thought he had put us back in front but his effort was chalked off for offside. But he wasn’t done, how did I know that? He was the first out of the dressing room after halftime.
Ogunbote withdrew Ibenegbu for Oladapo and just after the hour mark, our second duly arrived. Cleverly teed up by Leonard, Mfon chipped Ayeleso to restore our lead. Half chances fell to Dare Ojo and the miners themselves did give us a scare in the closing moments but we held on to record earn our 10th point of the season.
It was hardly a flawless performance – Nasarawa did threaten and the fact that they even scored the first goal we conceded at home this season has some undertone to it. But in the end it didn’t matter because Mfon Udoh netted what was his first goal in open play since that winner in Umuahia that fetched us our record seventh League title 2 seasons ago. Yea, I’m as shocked by that as you are.
But he’s back, isn’t he? The Goal King Mfon Udoh!
Congratulations guys and happy three points.