Rangers 1-0 Enyimba; Early setback sets tone for defeat in Enugu

Good morning Guys, 

Our mini unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt in Enugu as we fell to 1-0 Mr. Ogunbote’s men. Someone threw a stat- the last time we lost to Rangers in 9 attempts, was when Aigbogun 1.0 led his team to Cathedral. We lost 2-1 on the day but it was largely down to shit officiating. We took the lead, Osadiaye was hurled down in the area and rather than get a penalty that puts the game at 2-0, the referee paved them a way back into the game. 

Sunday was a little different. We got sucker punched as early as the 5th minute. And when I saw the update, I did wonder, how many times we had conceded headed goals this season. I remember the draw away at Rivers United where after a number of teasing balls and missed attempts into our area, Daniel Israel equalized for our hosts on the day. Strange considering that we parade giant Center Backs whose average height dwarfs Anyanwu-Udoji (RIP) partnership. 

Anyway we tried to rally and we did have a couple of chances to get back in the game but a combination of wayward finishing and resolute defending saw our hosts escape with all three points on the day. And our fine work all these weeks unable to help us out. Rather than whine and cry, I guess this result is all about learning the lessons of this performance. 

The manager’s selection was quite intriguing, playing ex-Ranger Chinedu Udeagha, partnering him in midfield with Ibenegbu. That meant Chinonso Okonkwo was stuck out up top all by himself with Stanley Dimgba and Andrew Abalogu on either flank. Farouk missed out and Taofik played in the DM position. I guess this was the plan all through because the likes of Oladapo and Chukwude were left on the bench.  

We do have goalscoring issues which we have to sort out. It’s not something unique with Aigbogun 2.0. Kadiri Ikhana complained to yours truly about it. As did Baraje before him. Ogunbote himself had a fair share of goalscoring problems as well. This long lasting problem needs a permanent solution. I trust our coaches will shuffle things a bit in training to address that. 

There’s not much to read into this result except that stark reminder that for all our fine play and unbeaten run, we have yet to win anything. This means, a refusal to begin to think we are world champions already. We do have about three quarters of the season still to play. We have to give every game the respect and seriousness it deserves. We can’t afford to get ahead of ourselves, there’s still a lot of football to play before we can say we have won anything of note. 

Back tomorrow, 

‘EnyimbaEnyi 

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