Good morning Everyone,
2-0 and an ascent up the table. Our romance with MFM came to an abrupt halt yesterday as we dispatched them professionally in our new home in Calabar. Ahead of the game, there wasn’t really so much of a debate about it because they are not the side they look like away from home from last season.
The one I call Mr nice guy, Nelson Ogbonnaya put us ahead from a Bashir cross and after a couple of misses, Chinonso Okonkwo got us what was the game’s second and last goal from the spot. All of this happened in the first half and it was going to be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for them to mount a comeback. Why? Their away record.
The good thing for me about this team is our variety in attack. In the past couple of weeks we have swapped the Chukwude, Alalade/Leonard for Bashir, Mustapha with Nonso primarily the main stay in the team. There’s of course the likes of Mfon and Obioma who have been on the fringes so far this season. It’s going to take a lot to keep everyone happy but of course, that’s the headache for the coaches.
It is worth mentioning though that halfway through the second half, we got reduced to ten men. Central defender Isiaka Oladuntoye got his second booking and marching orders. The bench reacted by hauling off Stanley Dimgba for Uche John. That did shift the momentum a little bit to the visitors but there wasn’t any realistic chance of a full comeback especially as Dauda kept making them saves. In the end, we held out for the win.
The win meant we shoot up seven places to 5th albeit with a game in hand. Merely looking at the table, it’s so tight that no we can’t afford to rest on our laurels. It’s also remarkable that we have picked 4 out of 6 with Aigbogun away on National assignment. Difficult to argue that he hasn’t put a remarkable technical assistance to stand in amibly in his place.
Speaking of our gaffer, his under-20 side fell 2-1 yesterday to Egypt in the first game of their tour of the country. It wasn’t really a very impressive display according to Jollof sports. Nigerian born Bournemouth midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh made an appearance for us while Zaruma pulled one back after the Flying Eagles had conceded twice. Well, a start is a start, isnt it? Hopefully things will get better.
That’s all I’ve got for you today. I’ll be back nice and early tomorrow.