Good morning People.
Something different for you today. We have a guest post, so on the writing desk is Richard Clarence, a fella who I saw the game in Port Harcourt with. He’s a decent writer and you can tell, just peer below!
Tuesday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium Enyimba kissed goodbye to their CAF champions’ league campaign. Despite beating Mamelodi Sundowns by three goals to one, they went out of the competition in the group stage. We the fans had very high hopes for our darling club to at least get to the semifinal stage but that wasn’t to be.
Having lost all the group games leading to the last game, fans and neutrals alike had little or no hope for a good result; after all it was a “dead rubber” match. Such thoughts can be forgiven because of the way the team has performed so far in the competition. The challenge wasn’t losing games but the team more often than not played poorly-not just in the champions’ league but also in the league. Goal droughts, defensive errors, poor tactical cohesion amongst others played their roles in ensuring the present condition of the team.
However, yesterday’s game brought to the fore another Enyimba entirely. The People’s Elephant played without fear or too much respect for their opponent. It wasn’t a perfect game by any means but the Enyimba we all have been clamoring for showed up to some extent. The team settled early and piled the pressure in the opponents, haring them in the midfield and defending from the front. It was on one of these occasions the South Africans conceded a free kick, Uche John the makeshift Enyimba right back hammered home a powerful drive to give the Peoples Elephant the lead and give the fans something to cheer. Though the visitors equalized almost immediately, Enyimba continued to dominate proceedings.
The impressive Kelly Kester who anchored the midfield ran the game, dictating the tempo of the game and showing good tactical and technical awareness. The second goal was a matter of if not when, with the rain pouring down, Enyimba struck again in the added period of the first half, Wayne Sandilands the Sundowns goalkeeper was punished by a charging Mfon Udoh who pounced on a heavy touch by the keeper to net his eight goal of the campaign.
This new found zest continued to propel the Aba millionaires as did they didn’t relent in pressurizing the visitors. Five minutes into the second half, Stephen Chukwudi was brought down by the Sundowns right back Rheece Evans. Mfon Udoh stepped up and calmly dispatched the ball into the left hand corner of the net and sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. Though the game didn’t produce more goals, the Peoples Elephant gave a good account of themselves.
The heart with which Enyimba played this game is a major factor that won them the league last season and we the fans want more of the same. The deed has been done but Enyimba can still get something from this season if they play this way to the end. With about four outstanding league games and the semifinals of the F.A cup still to come the Peoples Elephants can still finish the season on a high, continental football is still within reach.
Go out there play the way you did in this game and power home over the finish line with the Nzogbu Nzogbu spirit.
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Back tomorrow with something different.