Good morning Guys, we leave Jos this morning headed home wards with three baskets of goals and zero points. The Jos evils had the upper hand yesterday and we’ve missed yet another chance to actually get any kind of joy from the place. Be it Giwa or Plateau United, it just doesn’t work for us no matter how hard we tried.
It didn’t look like we tried yesterday or well, let’s put it differently, it didn’t feel like we tried enough yesterday. We seemed to start playing after we conceded the third goal. At which point, my highest level of faith couldn’t believe that any comeback was possible. Unless you’re Kano Pillars, teams don’t throw away 3-0 leads in the NPFL. More so in front of your home support.
The gaffer’selection can’t be faulted by me because we all know he’s still getting used to his team. After all he said he isn’t satisfied by their output few days to the start of the season. But a 3-1 defeat spells one of our lowest depths in recent times. We got spanked 3-1 in Bauchi last season if I remember well. In the game Udoji got an eye injury. I believe so.
Mfon’s surprise none action despite being on the bench was just as weird as Abalogu’s captaincy and meager contribution in the game. His replacement, Chinedu Ohanachom earned us the free kick from which Ibenegbu got a consolation and honestly, the team generally came alive after the introduction of our number 8. He did miss a glorious chance late in the game to get a second for us.
But I do believe we would have seen something from the game yesterday that should inspire future team selections. Ibrahim Mustapha (who had a good game according to those who saw it live) and Chinedu Ohanachom played together for El-Kanemi Warriors last season to devastating effect on opposition defenses last season, why not try starting the two together?
Ill have the stat guys- @NPFLstats and @OptaNGR tell us the ratio or number of goals scored by the combination of the two players and its safe to say if you signed the both, then deploy both of them together. It’s not our place to tell the gaffer what players to use and all, but it would be surprising to me if the two don’t start together at the weekend against Gombe.
That said, I’ll also like to say that here on the blog, we, just like the rest of the Enyimba faithful, don’t like defeats but it’s very much part of the game. Every team in the League would have their share of defeats (maybe not 3-1 defeats) but away games are very likely defeats in our League and so, it’s wrong to say that a performance has automatically rendered us impotent and incapable of challenging for the title this year.
Not excusing it but there would be many more defeats ahead. Not just for Enyimba but for other teams as well. In other words, stay on course and keep things in perspective. Don’t say the wrong things because Enyimba lost an away game. Defending Champions Rangers lost their first home game of the season. Defeats are also part of the game.
That’s all time and space would let us scribble today. Back tomorrow.