Our must win game duly delivered. Probably not with the margin of goals we would have wanted. 1-0 to the good guys and the table topping Plateau United saw their lead at the summit of the League cut down to three. Now in fifth position on the table, we are five points from them and on the grand scheme of things, it was a good evening for us. Here are my three things from the game.
1. Andrew Abalogu the unlikely goalscoring Messiah: It’s the third game, if my memory serves me right on this, but winger Andrew Abalogu now plays at Right Back for us. And when the strikers Mfon Udoh, Ugochukwu Leonard and Ibrahim Mustapha couldn’t fetch us the breakthrough, it was Andrew who popped up with the decider. It does remind me of what happened about a year ago when we faced Ikorodu United in Umuahia and Andrew fetched a 94th minute winner for us.
Perhaps chances are limited for him in his favored position, but if he is pretty decent at RB, he should keep his place and maybe we can have one more goal outlet from there. Well, Dare Ojo does offer a similar goalscoring contribution. I’d say, as many of them as we have, we can never complain of having too much of a good stuff.
2. Goalscoring crisis continue: We heard how that our wastefulness in front of goal cost us last week in Akure. Even the gaffer admitted it, saying we could have beaten Sunshine Stars by four or five goals. Well, it almost cost us in this “must win” game. Chance after chance went begging and it did look like our cry for “must win” fell on deaf ears.
One needs to be sure as to what degree our coaches are improving our goal scorers. Of course a team’s strikers can be on some kind of mini drought but this being the business end of the season, our strikers must rediscover their scoring touch.
3. Plateau United, toothless in Calabar: You cannot say Boboye and his players don’t deserve to be top of the pile. They have earned every bit of it. They have gotten points off very tough places and they look odds on to capture a Continental spot. Sadly however they barely threatened except one chance in the 6th minute which Dauda showed his reflexes.
There’s some unspoken pressure on Kennedy Boboye whose teams are known for slumping without a trace in the second period of the season. It must be a personal challenge for their gaffer to right that wrong. A word of advice though, it would take a lot more than just doing a 7-1-1 formation on away turf.