Good morning Everyone,
MatchDay 1 and we are unbeaten. Our trip to Lobi posted a result similar to what we got in that title winning season. When a certain debutant, Idris Aloma drew first blood for us against Lobi. They pulled one back and it was from the spot. It was similar script yesterday. Debutant, Chinedu Udeagha tapped home Wasiu Alalade’s brilliant run. Lobi would respond from the spot and Aigbogun 2.0 stays unbeaten.
It was interesting to see five players handed debuts for us. Yinka Onaolapo, Benjamin Francis, Farouk Mohammed, Wasiu Alalade and Chinedu Udeagha all made their bows for us and they all did get into the thick of it. Surprisingly, Stephen Chukwude started ahead of Chinonso Okonkwo in attack while Ugochukwu Leonard also only featured in the second half.
Not much could be made out of the performance except of course that tinge of disappointment that we really did have Lobi for the taking. When you consider that teams like Plateau and Niger Tornadoes but won at Lafia and Illorin respectively, you’d think that we and Kano Pillars (on Saturday) deserved more. But someone quickly reminded me that we have returned from there barren for two seasons in a row. So maybe a draw isn’t such a bad thing.
The challenge with this season is maximizing our squad because the games would come thick and fast. And when the Continental duels start, it gets even worse. For instance, we have Heartland the day after tomorrow. How do you keep your best legs fresh and nicely soaked in cotton wool? Home games must all be won, all of them. We can’t afford any slips, no not at home.
In other news, our former players started their season on fire as well. Kelly Kester scored for Akwa United in their 2-0 mauling of Rangers. Efrimpong was on song for Niger Tornadoes in Illorin and Chinedu Ohanachom who wasn’t good enough for us – according to Ogunbote scored as well for Yobe Stars. Think about the fact that these guys each rarely scored any goals for us especially last term. Life. Smh.
But it doesn’t matter- we wish them a good soujorn in their respective clubs. While we firmly fix our focus on what’s right infront of us. Heartland on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Heartland failed to beat Sunshine in Owerri. Hope they keep misfiring till Thursday after we’ve beaten them. I heard they’ve signed a partnership with Imo Air who would take them to away venues. If it were me though, on the basis of their home draw with Sunshine, they’ll have to trek to Calabar.
I kid, I kid,
Have a great week everyone.