Enyimba 1-0 Plateau United: Tough but rewarding Valentine’s date

Good morning everybody. 

It is the morning after, and the feeling is still in there. The defending champions came, saw but we conquered. It was what you can call a banana skin fixture owing to how good a form they had coming into this tie and how Plateau United play when they’re in an environment they feel they can browbeat their way to a result, in all however, we weathered the storm and bagged the vital points. Let us paint you the picture so you’ll understand. 

The sight of Wasiu and Farouk in the warmup and indeed returning from injury to the starting lineup, warmed hearts. Abdulrahman Bashir cutting his honeymoon short, Austine Oladapo back from Morocco, we do have it stuffed guys. It makes you even wonder at the sort of selection headache Aigbogun 2.0 will battle with when his squad is complete. We can actually call it selection migraine and even that could sound lenient. We’ll everyone does what he’s employed to do.

The gaffer opted for an Anaemena-Ogbonnaya defensive pair. I do love that pair. It thrived for most periods during the Ogunbote era and while I do commend Oladuntoye for his near flawless contribution, Ifeanyi and Nelson appear complimentary. Uche John started at rightback but looked really out of sorts while Ben Francis marshaled the left back as Ikouwem watched from the stands just by my side. Farouk, Omofoman and Franco were midfield trio while Wasiu and Dimgba flanked Nonso up front.

We started well as usual but Freedom’s missed chances sandwiched Dimgba’s penalty goal. It was a legitimate yet unfortunate penalty. Nonso lost his ball in the box but Emma James couldn’t control well and it hit his hand. The referee pointed to the spot and Dimgba sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, scoring what is his fourth goal this season.

We piled up pressure and had lots of forays into the Plateau United half but our final ball yet again was not top notch. Plateau United saw an opening in Uche John who got a first half yellow card and Boboye was disappointed when Aigbogun got fed up minutes to the end of the first half and sent Dare Ojo to complete the game in his stead. I do feel disappointed that Uche John hasn’t shown us how good ewe know he is capable of. 

Plateau United did mount a strong attempt to get back in the game and they would rue their own inability to get the ball just over the line. They did once in the second period but the attempt was flagged offside. Thankfully, because you know just like they did at the Super Six in Kano, they would keep pushing to the end.  We held on to the points and many thanks to the captain of the evening, Ifeanyi Anaemena, who did a good job keeping the 9ft 10inches Emeka Umeh in check. 

There was even a red card for Salomon Junior meaning Plateau finished the last 60 seconds with ten men. For us, we had the chance to see Austine Oladapo and Abdulrahman Bashir feature in a competitive game for us. It was just good to see. We move to 5th position and just 3 points behind the leaders. Unbeaten now in five games, we soldier on. 

Back tomorrow.



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