It is a morning of mixed feelings. A morning preceded by a bittersweet evening. One to remember and also to forget. Our lads went to the ends of the world (Maidugiri) and came back with a share of the spoils. Then by evening, our CHAN Eagles were trashed, flogged, exposed and humbled infront of an animated Casablanca crowd. 4-0. Horrible.
On the blog yesterday, we talked about how we could work wonders in Maiduguri if we set our minds to it. We didn’t actually work wonders but we did just what we could and sure had some luck too. If we didn’t have this blog where players and club officials are challenged the way we do them here, especially our more recent critic on this team, I doubt if this team would possess the kind of spark it has now.
Back to the game. It does seem that Aigbogun 2.0 is a master of playing on away grounds. A point each from Makurdi, Port Harcourt and Maiduguri in just under a month is a relatively good result. Especially being grounds we have returned empty handed in recent seasons. So we can say, all those long hours spent on the road wasn’t in futility. Don’t you cherish these points?
The team had a new look to it. Injury had Farouk, Wasiu, Onaolapo, Andrew, Nelson all on the treatment
floor table. In came Tofic Omar, Uche John, Ifeanyi Anaemena and Emeka Obioma were all drafted in. There was no updates form the club official handle but on the basis of the result, you cannot fault their input. It was a job well done.
From the scrap of updates, the key moments had Dauda in its eye and Anaemena in the other. The Center Back had a good block that prevented a certain goal. Next El-Kanemi Warriors were awarded a penalty in the 42nd minute but the taker chose everywhere but the target that mattered. Dauda would ensure his clean sheet with an awesome save in the 78th minute to help us to the precious point.
We held on till the finish line and it’s a one point that feels like three. It also ensures we are 8th in the table and should we get another three points at home in the next game, we could climb up to 4th, depending on the margin. For a team that bottom of the log four MatchDays ago, that is intriguing. We have tasted defeat just once this season and we’re not even at full strength. Hopefully we have turned the corner and thus grow from strength to strength.
If you expected me to talk about the CHAN final, just know that this is an Enyimba fan blog but the CHAN Eagles finished in 2nd place which is our highest finish in the tournament ever.