It’s totally understandable if you’re not interested in anything that any Nigerian football club does. Why bother about Enyimba or any other team in Africa when you can focus on other things – like the Europa League final, et al – right?
Trust me, it’s easy to fall into that category, especially when you can hardly see these teams play on T.V and most of what you know about them is what’s reported in the news. But some of us love football too much to be deterred by stuff like that. I care a lot about football, especially if it’s about the football clubs in Nigeria.
Speaking about cubs in Nigeria, I was lucky (or maybe unlucky?) to catch Enyimba’s CAF Confederations Cup game away to CARA Brazzaville in Congo Brazzaville. Earlier in the day, I had seen the People’s Elephants play against Djiloba of Mali.
They completely dominated that game. And,as you’d imagine, I was hoping the trend will continue in the second game in Group C. But the turn of events left me stunned.
14 min: Cara 0 – Enyimba 0
19 min: Cara 3 – Enyimba 0. pic.twitter.com/B8UNz0Orpf
— Rotimi Daramola (@Papi_theGreat) May 16, 2018
Despite starting the game as the better side, playing free-flowing football, Enyimba capitulated before the game even started. And it was as if my fears had come through. Before the game, I discussed at length, on my Twitter page how the players may find life difficult on football turfs better than the UJ Esuene stadium.
Seeing them concede 3 goals in the first 19 minutes of game made me feel like a prophet of doom. Looking on the bright side, they could have conceded more (CARA hit the woodwork twice) in the game. But they didn’t. And this could have easily been a knockout game where away goals count. But it wasn’t.
For a full review, click here to listen to my podcast about the game.
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