Good morning Guys,
We are in Damaturu this morning as we try to get back into action in the League. Having dispatched Energies FC, the goal is to get back in touch with the leading pack in the League. Here are three things about the game.
1. No Aigbogun: The gaffer’s national duties means he won’t be in the away team dugout as we battle the League’s newcomers. Our League’s very unforgiving schedule doesn’t make room for his Under-20 Egypt tour which kicked off at the weekend. Does his absence mean so much? I’ve got my views on that but I’ll wait till full time to voice it.
2. Mustapha time: Having barely featured this term so far, our young prodigy should be returning to action today. His CHAN engagements got him frozen out of the team and he tried to get himself back on the same wavelength with the rest of the team. Again being originally from the North, he should have little time adjusting to the environment. Mustapha is the one striker we have who can play comfortably with everyone.
3. Old friends, new foes: Yobe have made a decent start to the League campaign and I had originally tipped them to battle relegation. Surprisingly so but another look at the key men doing the job shouldn’t really leave you any surprised. Head Coach Baba Ganaru masterminded a league title with Kano Pillars a couple of seasons ago. He has this team well grilled such that as yet they are yet to concede at home.
Few weeks ago, they held Naze broke millionaires to a draw in Owerri. If we needed a lecture on what to expect today, there is is. The other name is Chinedu Ohanachom who couldn’t come alive during his stint with us, now he’s firing on all cylinders.
Well, that’s the nature of the opposition we face today. It is important we don’t write them off as a bunch of newbies. This could be the toughest fixture we have faced so far this season- this is why we must dig deep and stay focused for two hours from 4pm today. Can we do it? Yes we can. But will we do it? In a few hours, we’d know.