We won the title three seasons ago. We also last beat Heartland three seasons ago. If that doesn’t attempt to encourage you at the back of this loss that feels every way like a defeat, then I’m not sure anything else can. We had 15 shots of which 10 of them were on target, Heartland had one. It didn’t matter anyway because after the first two games of the season, we sit nicely with them on the table with just two points.
It does remind me of that draw in Umuahia the season Heartland got relegated. We threw everything we could at them and just in case you’re about to forget, after that game Aigbogun 1.0 sanctioned the purchase of Ifeanyi Onuigbo from the Owerri side. I think that game ended 1-1 and Femi Thomas made Onuigbo look like Robert Lewandoski. Memories refreshed yet? Right, that’s the idea.
It’s very difficult to write an opinion following such performance. It’s just like watching the CHAN Eagles hit the woodwork thrice and miss a dozen of chances against Rwanda. Do you shrug it off and say we were unlucky or do you blame the strikers for a poor finishing? Heartland clearly brought along their Solo Mourinho bus and defended to perfection. And thanks to Ebele Obi too for being Ebele Obi.
Will this have been a different result if this game was played in Aba? It hard to say because I’ve equally seen Heartland get a draw off us in Aba. Compare our recent head to heads, Heartland no doubt IS our bogey team. Of all the South Eastern teams, they are the one team we are unable to just figured out how to deal with. The last time we beat them 2-0 in Aba, our title winning season, we benefited from some queer calls.
The stakes are rocket high for us this term and that’s why we cannot afford to hide behind any shoddy officiating on our travels. Say what you will but Plateau United has won two in two. Lobi has beaten Rangers in Enugu and Tornadoes equally hit three away points last weekend in Illorin.
By way of positives, this result is probably a wake up we need. Getting a point in Lobi was cheered but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. In the words of Enyimba Legend Chinedu Udoji, every game must be viewed as a cup final. The hunger to win must be bubbling to the surface in every game. That my friends is the least acceptable. Especially if we want to make something good of ourselves, trophywise that is.
Finally, I’ll award an F to the Enyimba media team for giving out a fake team list for this game. It was totally and completely horrible and that’s unlike you guys. What was everyone fed in camp today? Because as on the pitch, everyone just failed to do what they usually are so good at doing.
That’s all. Hopefully we’d have the post match reactions in the next blog.