Match Preview: Enyimba vs Heartland

Good morning Everyone.

The League games have resumed for us and most likely before we kick another CAF Champions League football, we probably would have gulped our outstanding games, one of which we tackle tonight, an Oriental Derby with Heartland. I think the piled up fixtures include another Oriental Derby with Abia Warriors and clashes with Kano Pillars and Wikki Tourists.


As was pointed out the other day, if we won all our outstanding matches, we will go top of the table. Incredible honestly. With the crisis talk being thrown around in the recent past. Of how the team lacked an identity and spirit, and how Mr Aigbogun is the worse of them, smh. Of a truth, you are only as good as your last game.

Anyway, action resumes tonight against a wiry old friendly foe. Heartland of Owerri. Did you know that once upon a time Enyimba was Heartland’s feeder team. Heartland of course was Iwuanyanwu National at the time. So, making some progress as an Enyimba player was to ensure you are good enough that Iwuanyanwu National would come asking for you. How life happens.

Well, we play them on our adopted rocky home ground in Umuahia. Except perhaps the confidence from a good run of favourable results: last week and last weekend’s conquests will count for nothing at 4pm. What only matters is winning and winning some more. Looking at how things are opening up this season, honestly we have no margin for errors at this time.

Heartland is always a handful whenever they are the opposition. They would travel away and implode against other teams but when it’s Enyimba lined up in the opposite half, they seem to discover their missing mojo. So theirs rank with the toughest of oppositions we would ever face in the League this season.

Playing our home games away from home itself is as painful as it gets. When I checked out the stadium a couple of days ago, it was sad to note, there was no workman in sight. Even though rumors are flying around that work will resume in earnest ASAP, it has yet to. Our fans in Aba have missed watching Enyimba and regardless of how many buses is used to cart them along to Umuahia today, it’s never going to give you that feel.

Heartland would be making the short trip to Umuahia too expecting to get something from the game. It is our responsibility to ensure they get absolutely nothing off us today.

The fixtures pileup mean players should get reshuffled in the starting positions. We might see some who did not feature in Uyo on Sunday. I’ll think of handing a start to Femi Thomas as well as Daniel Etor on the flanks if he’s fit. I learnt Joseph Osadiaye is probably headed for the Under-23 camp so either of Etor or Frimpong should take his flank. Perhaps Peter starts with Pyagbara. Or maybe Abu Azeez comes in. Dare Ojo should also get the nod but then again we play at the weekend, Mr Aigbogun must learn to manage the players at his disposal.

It’s an Oriental Derby hence it would be some game out there. We also should be there in our power and glory hence expect updates on twitter via @EnyimbaEnyi.

Back tomorrow with some good news hopefully.



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