Good morning Everyone,
When Enyimba plays Rivers United, should it be classified as a derby? Especially when the proximity of both sides are taking into consideration. They’re a South-south team and we’re a South-east team, but we’re closer to each other, location wise, than any other team in the NPFL including those in our different states. Porthacourt is approximately 45 minutes away. Anyway, derby or not, we’ll tackle them today at their Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt at 4pm.
Our matches against Rivers United is not always a favourable one. They’ve always won with the odd goal since they became Rivers United, though the last game in Port Harcourt was one to forget in a jiffy, not for our performance but for the fantastic and unbelievable performance of one of the “men-in-black”.
But we can easily recall our title winning season where we were 2 goals up before Stanley Eguma (infamous for his late coming to football games) had taken his seat. Down 2-0 at home, they sought to find a way back into the game, but they only were able to claw one back. We took the three points back home that day.
Rivers United are currently 14th on the table having won only their 2 home games and taking nothing away from home. They have got a really strong squad and we will need more than luck to break them down. We need to race off the blocks from the first second. Veteran goalkeeper, Sunday Rotimi, is likely to return to the squad for our hosts alongside a handful of others, not that these guys will make them unbeatable. Everything is possible, if we just try.
Reeling out all the names of our CHAN contingent and injury list again won’t be that necessary, but Wasiu Alalade will miss out due to a knock he suffered in the dying minutes of the Nasarawa United game. He’s been one of our top performers so far but we’ve got great players who can effectively play in his stead.
Another player we expect to see is the fans. It is only a few minutes from Aba and I guess it is time we go support our team and make them really homesick. We can fill up the seats Port Harcourt fans will be leaving for us as they always do. Aigbogun 2.0 knows that the team needs to perform at 120% level to come out with something tangible from the game. Hopefully, we can do enough to leave the Yakubu Gowon Stadium with some pride.