Good morning Everyone,
So someone said they love the three things style, and not haven gotten anything in the contrary, I’d assume that’s the voice of the rest of the world. So here’s my three things from the fixture.
1. Another away game, another away point: This must be the most important point of all three points. About time we voiced it but somehow this team is bearing semblance of Kadiri Ikhana’s title winning squad. Somehow we have refused to learn how to return empty handed from away grounds. We had lost 2-0 to Katsina United and 1-0 to Rangers and that’s all. Lobi Stars, Rivers United, El-Kanemi Warriors, Kano Pillars and now Yobe Stars have all seen us return with a share of the spoils. More of same guys, the title is surely in view.
2. Another good start lays benchmark for good result: By the 5th minute, we were already ahead. That was straight from our CAF Confederations Cup campaign manual. I know Aigbogun’s teams always started the game on the front foot but hardly had it yielded the needed results. Aigbogun 2.0 however is looking just what the doctor ordered. Returning prodigy Ibrahim Mustapha worked the wonders with an early finish that stunned our hosts who hadn’t conceded at home all season. Nothing better than setting the tone for the game – having opponents chase the game.
3. Interesting team selection but yo man job nonetheless: The big worry for a gaffer making “wholesale” changes is how the new guys will cope. This lineup had a lot of fresh faces both starting and on the bench. Uche John slotted in at Center Back with Oladuntoye. Andrew Abalogu, Tofic Omar, Abdulrahman Bashir and Austin Oladapo all started but the big surprises was Nasiru Sani, Joseph Osadiaye and Ibrahim Mustapha all handed unlikely starts. A point a piece justified the big calls.
There is genuine cause for optimism in the team although we must warn that this is early days and we have not won anything yet. But we surely are looking in the right direction. Just imagine for a second that we do indeed return to Aba in 4 weeks. Pure esctasy!
A word though to our referees who gave out 7 penalties on this MatchDay. @amoscp said not to criticize till I saw the match videos. We wait. Patiently.
Back tomorrow guys,