One of the regrets of 2017 for me will be the decision to quit blogging Enyimba here. The blog has been stale but with the kind of performance we saw Enyimba put up yesterday, the urge to stay away from writing today was easily overcome. Yes, it’s an away win on a ground many other away teams have taken points from and yes it’s only our first away win but didn’t we lose to League whopping boys Ikorodu United last season?
Sometimes it’s not about doing the impossible. Sometimes it’s just about replicating what other teams have done in those venues. And on the basis of this, the team can take accolades we hurl in their direction. It is easy to sit in the couch and tweet all sorts of rubbish against a team and the result but I assure you, life isn’t very easy for an away team. And regardless of how we view it, these players also feel the pain of a loss and defeat.
Another angle to view this is, suddenly, the Continental places appear within reach yet again. If you had looked at it from the win at home, lose away we are used to, you’d think we would keep dancing in circles making no real progress because with every home win, an away defeat lands you right back at the spot you levitated from. Another away win would do wonders- it will hurl us right into title contention. And with the experience we have with titles, writing us off becomes foolhardy.
The match report handed goalkeeper Fatau Dauda the man of the match award. It’s an interesting thing to see because since he became the “away” goalkeeper, our fortunes on the road has improved. However way that works, long may it continue. We do have quality goalkeepers within our ranks and someone like Friday Achimugwu who I rate very highly hasn’t even seen a lot of action for us.
You’ll also have to talk about the goal scorer Ugochukwu Leonard who we snapped from Nasarawa United in exchange for Abdulrahman Bashir. We’ll all agree his impact hasn’t been as impact as the striker we sent out in his place has been for Nasarawa . Perhaps this is the turning around of his Enyimba fortunes. Because make no mistakes about it, the quality is there. Trouble is, Enyimba needs you firing on all cylinders as early as you arrive.
We have made a good start to the start of the second stanza of this League season. It is however important to bear in mind that all of this counts for nothing if we drop points in our next home games. If we target and achieve a 100% home record for the remainder of the season, then get a couple of away points, the Ogunbote project might yet be the tonic that erases the pains of the recent past.
Find the official match report here. Brilliant stuff I must say.