Enyimba vs Plateau United: Selection headaches for Aigbogun 2.0

Good morning,

The last two days has been very un-Enyimba, but we’re back to our primary duties. 100% Enyimba. Reactions from the Sunshine game keeps pouring in. That’s how fast such news spread, provoking all manner of reactions from people. There was one that stood out, quite remarkably and hopefully we would talk about it someday. Today, we do have our plates very full, so some other day then maybe. 

This evening, we host Kenedy Boboye and defending champions, Plateau United, in Calabar. Fresh from a truly inspired performance in their first ever CAF Champions League game. They literally announced themselves on the big stage with a solid performance and a healthy scoreline. You can say they are already in the next round – there is no way Plateau United would lose by four goals in the return fixture. It just won’t happen. 

In the League however, it’s been a different start for them compared to last year. They have lost all their away games bar the 1-0 victory against Nasarawa United on matchday 1 and that was the only time they scored away from Jos. On home turf, it’s a 100% result for them- all wins, no draws. Interestingly for Plateau United, in all games so far this season, it has been the first side that scores that wins. An early goal will help us, immensely. 

We will be buoyed by the return of our victorious CHAN Eagles, who according to the club media outlet were taken out to lunch by the Oga at the top. I can choose to call them victorious and you will do well to keep your criticisms and punditry at their original idea stage. Thanks. All but Ezenwa, who is still recuperating from the injury he suffered in the course of the tournament, are back into the team.

Austin Oladapo, Ikouwem Udoh, Mustapha Ibrahim and Theophilus Afelokhai are top quality, the type of quality synonymous with Enyimba. Some injured players could return too and we know that a selection headache is a good thing for any manager as long as he understands their different capabilities and knows how best to utilize them for optimal effectiveness and efficiency. Moreover, isn’t he paid to have such headaches? 

Aigbogun 2.0 will need to make sure that the ever vibrant Kennedy Boboye is quiet for long periods after the game. Boboye has a very good squad but I have watched both teams play and I know we’ve got the better of the two teams and if we stick to our guns, we should win. Having already fallen down the League table, a win is expedient today.

We wish you all a happy Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s day.

Back tomorrow with our own version of the match gist.



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