Good morning Everyone.
The fantastic @FisayoDairo pens a match preview for the big one tonight. Below.
The People’s Elephant face a tricky test against South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns tonight in Pretoria, a game that has been made more difficult by Entente Setif’s expulsion from the Champions League – anything short of a result may spell doom , seeing that the next two games in the group would see Zamalek and Sundowns go toe to toe.
The task tonight is that simple, quite straightforward for the two-time CAF Champions who I believe are fortunate to go into this game on the back of a win, having failed to win their previous four games in all competitions.
I saw their win over Abia Warriors a week ago and it was never going to be easy, same goes for any top team hoping to end a bad spell. Just win anyhow to restore confidence and yes, they did.
On what to do tonight, I’m sure the lads are fully aware. Flashing back to what Head Coach Paul Aigbogun said after the drenching loss inside Port Harcourt’s execrable rain to Zamalek, one expects a good preparation by the team.
“If it’s your day and you plan well and play well, you can always win.” The former Wolves gaffer virtually summarized everything. One thing the players can be sure of is: they will not play on a water logged pitch as the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria is in fine form already for this.
Having seen Enyimba’s last away match on the continent -an appalling display in Sousse- regardless of any hardship they said surrounded the game, I’m not too optimistic because I know this Enyimba can be bad travellers. Prove me wrong lads.
The stake here is higher because Nigerian fans prefer a loss to a Benin Republic side to a loss to a South African team, Oh don’t dare. Will we see another 4-2-4? Will the technical team prepare to organize their midfield and add at least an extra body the way a sensible away team should do?
I saw some parts of ASEC Abidjan’s away win at Al Ahly last night and I’m not surprised they won in the end. The organization was evident right from the start. Note: Bus parking is allowed in away games but you have to make attempts to at least keep the ball by stringing passes as little as you can when you have the ball.
Enyimba are facing the Brazilians in South African skin at 6pm tonight and while I have no doubt at all in the ability of the players, they have to be told (maybe in the team’s last meeting today) how Enyimba retained their title in 2004. They usually played better in away games supposedly due to less pressure from home fans and better playing surfaces.
ThatEnyimbaFan in a recent chat said: “On the basis of form and how we are being rated by the media, you’ll think this is David vs Goliath Season 4. In fact someone said, we are in for a trashing on Wednesday. But ultimately It is left for Enyimba to prove they deserve to be in the Competition”.
I wish you guys all the best and please make our data count (for those of us that’ll be streaming online). Links and updates should appear on @EnyimbaEnyi on Twitter. ALOHA
Can we make history tonight gentlemen?