No sooner had the new season started than Match Day Two is upon us. Enyimba having bagged a first three points of the season arrived Jos to keep pace with the likes of Abia Warriors who are expected to get maximum points at the end of Match Day Two. OK, that’s hardly a prophecy – I’m just saying, a side that got an away win can be trusted to get maximum points at home in the game that follows.
The irony in that last statement is that Plateau United themselves would be buoyed from that 2-1 win over Remo Stars in Sagamu on the League’s opening day and would be looking to prove to the home support that that win was no fluke. Moreover they have a manager who has established a reputation for himself as one who starts out the season trotting on all cylinders.
We saw how Sunshine Stars nearly gave everyone a scare in our record breaking season. They did look like they meant some business and indeed got the whole country to stand and notice them even though that dream fizzled in the second half of the season. It was same with Abia Warriors last term – amassing a 10 match unbeaten run from Match Day 1 to 10. The second half of the season went same as with Sunshine Stars and he resigned due to poor results.
But we have established the fact intended that this guy, Kennedy Boboye has his team kicking off a new season fully fired up and very ready. Beating Remo Stars, (a side we know too well from our Federations Cup duels with them in recent times) was hardly a result many saw coming. If I had to bet, I surely would have drowned my money that time.
Regardless of where we were last season, Enyimba remains a force to reckon with in the country. Fixtures where we are the visitors draw some of the largest crowds to the stadia and you know the hosts are usually up for it. Eliminate bias officiating and the rest, teams take pride in beating Enyimba, regardless of the fact that we are the away team.
Gbenga Ogunbote has made a good start to his Enyimba tenure but he would have as well noted that his team could have played better, put the Akure Gunners under more pressure as well as scored more goals. Save Afelokhai’s heroics, it could have been a sad tale in Calabar last Sunday. Perhaps his team isn’t as ready as he had prophesied a few days to the start of the campaign.
The team however can see the hard fought victory as a springboard for greater things this year. A good result is possible today and it would once and for all banish the bitter memories of previous visits to Jos. It won’t be a stroll in the Park and this one most certainly isn’t expected to be one. But if you are looking to make a statement of intent, then opportunities don’t come better than this.
We should have live updates from Jos, it’s something we currently are working on. Hopefully we’ll tidy up plans in time. Check our @EnyimbaEnyi from 3pm local time.
Back tomorrow with good news hopefully.