Good morning Brethren,
The end of what has been a very challenging week is here. And while I attempt to write today’s post, I can’t help but contemplate the tough place we have found ourselves as a club. I’ll like to also say, these problems are not entirely alien in a professional football club setting, although maybe not this magnitude. I’ll explain.
First and foremost, we have to give the club the deserved accolades- Coach Usman Ab’dallah has signed a 2 year contract at the club. It’s unprecedented . Enyimba rarely would hand anyone more than a year contract. But here, he’s got 2 years. Thank you Enyimba for daring to do things differently. Thank you.
That said, we do have some other contractual situations right before us. No fewer than five first team regulars are out of contract. Mfon’s name quickly comes to the fore. His has been somewhat “up-and-downish” especially recently. He got off to a flier shortly after we signed him off Akwa but he has yet to hit back at the initial peak. Is he still capable of producing those quality moments yet again? My guess is as good as yours.
Then there is Theophilus Afelokhai who had a stormer in the Group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup. With his contract at its end, there are rumors of interest from such clubs as Rangers and especially Plateau United. The former of course have Continental engagements next season. It’s amazing how quickly things change in football. Only a year ago, we would have moved him on, but right now, we could lose our best goalkeeper.
Next is winger Stanley Dimgba. He is another player whose signing hasn’t been as impactful as I would have hoped. He has had flashes of brilliance especially last season when he literally was our only goal source, most from the spot. Technically they are two different players but at his signing , I felt Dimgba would be the next Ezekiel Bassey.
Then there’s midfielder Dare Ojo and striker Abdulrahman Bashir. The club does indeed have their hands full. However despite how bleak it appears, you can be confident that the club will strengthen the team. Already a few Internationals are currently in talks with the club. And No, the deal for Caleb is far from done.
All that said, there’s one thing you can count on for sure. Enyimba will fix it’s problems, bringing in the players they want to. So while we lament, we can’t to afford to think that there won’t be a way out.
We watch, we wait!!!!