I’m looking at my traffic feeds on the blog and I’m just going to try to ignore the fact that you all love Mfon Udoh. He’s trended on the blog the past two days and these posts have recorded us the highest visits in the past one month. When I get started with my football career, I do hope I’ll get this ‘quantity’ of fans. Good mooning everyone and blessings of the day.
Today’s thoughts are on the Continental competitions we engage in annually and whether or not they are worth it. This is one of those posts that addresses beyond more than just Enyimba. A look at our performance in the Continent in the recent past has us with an awful record. The last team that did come close to the making it past the group stages was Enyimba (last season) and that was after five years of no show.
Hardly would you see any of the 20 teams in the NPFL per season who don’t claim to have Continental ambitions. It’s ridiculous to say the least. Two seasons ago when Kwara United was in the top flight, I remember speaking with their gaffer after a draw with Dolphins on the opening day of the season. The coach told me he assures their fans of a Continentla ticket. By the end the league season, they got relegated.
You don’t blame the teams or even the coaches alone. Everything rises and falls on leadership and the administrators must as well absolve the full weight of the blames. Look at a team like Mamelodi Sundowns. Now they’re looking like one of the best teams in the Continent and yes, they actually are. How did they get there? How did they shrug off from the dominance of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs?
A team like Abia Warriors have been looking to get a Continental ticket. It’s been a search ongoing since their inception and everyone knew how last season they signed Kennedy Boboye to help them achieve that. It simply feel through and they needed an unbelievable dose of fortune to remain in the Championship. Players, managers, club owners everyone is quick to throw around the ‘Continental ticket’ card during interviews. Can you please find something else to say?
Take a hard and long look at our Continental tickets bearers this season. What changed about them? Nothing. Aside of course just getting more money from the government in the guise of preparation for the Champions League. Sign up players in dire in of improved contracts and throw them all in into the mix and what’s the result? Another woeful representation in the Continent.
We can’t keep doing things over and over in the same manner expecting a different result. It won’t happen. Will our administrators listen? Will the club owners get out to do things differently? It may have worked in the days of Orji Uzor Kalu at Enyimba. Ladies and gentlemen, that was nearly 15 years ago, it will not work in this time and age. What can we do to improve our outing in the Continent? What is the missing puzzle? I’ll tell you in the blog tomorrow.