Good morning Everyone.
We are in Kastina. We play them this weekend at that ground where Kano Pillars weren’t allowed to leave with the three points they believed they earned on Match Day One. Twice in six minutes, a penalty happened and Pillars could only manage a point. An away point? Not so bad. Well, that’s Pillars and Katsina but on the basis of that, I’ll like to share a few thoughts.
This blog has at many times cried that we learn to do better on our away trips. We’ve fallen behind to late penalty calls, stupid referee decisions or in certain cases, outright superb football and finishing by our opponents on the day. It’s been frustrating when other teams post brilliant away results. Frustrating, annoying and the occasional “why can’t we be like them?” wails.
As I pondered, a question hit me – have we become victims of our own success? Has our pedigree as the most successful clubside in the country become our own nemesis? I’m beginning to think that perhaps that really is the case. Let me explain. Before I do, I’ll like to say, I’m not creating excuses for anyone before they have a chance to make a case for themselves.
Everyone knows Enyimba is the biggest club in the country and the suits in our boardroom aren’t the most liked persons in the land. Whenever Enyimba is the next game in the horizon, teams prepare for our visit quite well. It is the biggest game of the season for most teams so- when Enyimba is coming to town, everyone has to put in more effort to ensue they get one over us.
This is a contrast to when a small team is expecting another small team for a game. They just trudge on and along with the trainings and preparations and could even write off this opponent till suddenly the away smaller team stun the hosts on the MatchDay – especially if they had managed a good defensive and time wasting ploy.
Call it my hypothesis but I think this is the case most times. Add that of course to our one dimensional and easily discernible formation. It becomes easier to put us in the backfoot while peppering our goal. We on the other hand are stunned because these guys we had expected to roll over and receive our spanking are now all over us.
Maybe how big we are is producing extra motivation to our would be opponents on their preparations for our visits. Having said that, I still think we have to be doing better away from home.