Enyimba 1 Nasarawa 0: Relief and/or stepping stone?

Good morning everybody, 

Sometimes it is good to be partly in control of your fate. When the NPFL table was released after the end of games on Wednesday, we were unsurprisingly seated at the foot of the table needing a victory to leave the “red zone”.That seemed to be enough motivation for the players as they went ahead to search for a victory, their first this season, and they found it.

Aigbogun 2.0 handed out starts to Abalogu and Ben Francis, Dimgba and Okonkwo. It seems the returning manager is very close to a preferred starting XI at least till he has the luxury of a full squad. He stuck with the marshaling duties of Farouk Mohammed, and Wasiu’s marauding runs. Nelson and Isiaka protected Dauda’s goal. 

The game came to life almost immediately with the opposition who were missing their shot stopper, Suraj to the CHAN tournament (We’re missing two in that department too), being tested early. Chances came and went by as the game wore on but respite arrived in the 79th minute as Dimgba’s trickery was good enough to beat a defender in the box and slot home to everyone’s relief.

As expected with away teams in this special football league, the solid miners never stopped mining for a goal ore and would’ve found one if not for a brilliant goal line clearance from Farouk with Dauda in no man’s land. Call it a Ghanaian looking out for his countryman, that’s your business. He just did his job.
It was finally a relief to all of us associated with Enyimba. Our first win, another clean sheet, and a deserved lift from the “red zone”. It should also be a stepping stone to higher heights. The trip to Port Harcourt to meet Rivers United this Sunday will be another litmus test for our resurgence. A win at home isn’t just enough, you can call us Oliver Twist but it won’t stop us from asking for more.

Back tomorrow



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