Match Preview: Niger Tornadoes vs Enyimba 

Whenever it’s time to write the daily blog, it’s rarely an isolated activity. Most times my predominant thoughts or moods outside of football usually gets in the way. Sometimes people read the blog and asks if I’m upset or excited about something. The tone of the conversation usually is derived from my current mental or emotional condition at the time of writing.  

All that initial rambling was just to make the right platform for what I want to say next. Few minutes ago I was lying down on my bed pondering over some thoughts. I know the source and I’ll just share then explain later. The thought was simple- “Whatever it is you have or are today, there’s always room for more, there’s always room for better. God has better plans for your life.” 

It’s probably just a word God has for me as a person and my efforts in moving my life to the next level but as a word from God I can share it here as well and it would bless someone else. Many of you won’t be in church today so maybe this would be a light for the new week for you. Whatever you are, or feel you have achieved right now, God has more and better for you. So, lean on him, recognize him as your strength and return to those things that fueled your relationship with him. Amen? Amen. 

Enyimba matters now. We face Niger Tornadoes, a side who did what was required of them in their first season from relegation. The task was simple I believe- escape the drop. This they did and they have earned the right to another season in the top flight. They did have an awful away run last year but they made up for it with an impeccable home record. They got the sufficient points they needed to stay up. 

Strangely, this season they have already surpassed last year’s records. Last season they could only get one point on the road- away to Pillars on the final day of the season. This term, they have as much as 4 points on the road including one in Enugu against Rangers. They also got all three points in their last away fixture proving that they are actually a better side this year. 

Enyimba, on the other hand, have played thrice on the road this year- drawing one and losing two. It is safe to say that it is in fixtures as this that the true character of this newly assembled Enyimba outfit can be ascertained. We saw good signs in that 1-0 loss to El-Kanemi Warriors but here’s an opportunity to go even better. 

The choice of personnel for this game is entirely left to the gaffer and his coaches but perhaps we might see a little rotation. Yes we have had injury concerns like we stated in Friday’s post but this situation should pave the way for the less used players to let their quality come to the fore. That said, I’ll still like to see more from Chukwude who has barely sniffed so far this season. 

We must be wary of former Heartland striker Chidiebere Ajoku who seems to know how to produce the goods for them this year. They also have Enyimba ex-striker Ebenezar Odeyemi who unlike some of ours, has opened his account this season already. It would be interesting to see how our back line deals with the double headache they pose. 

Regular updates would have to be via the usual sources. We should have gotten in touch with the friends in Lokoja before now but we didn’t. If we eventually do before kickoff then we would have a live update, otherwise we would make do with the LMC’s. 

Here’s wishing the lads a good evening in the new Confluence Stadium.

Back tomorrow 



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