This is the part where I make an introduction but I won’t (can’t say why). Let’s just say this is a piece about two halves from two different games that summarizes the Nigerian Professional Football League this weekend.
Sharks vs Warri Wolves
The Composed Vs The Decomposed
It was some sort of a no-contest in the sense that from the first 45, Sharks was the dominating and domineering team. They got the better of their opponents every time in the first half; moved faster and played better. To make matters worse, someone mentioned that Wolves hadn’t lost in their last five games prior to this one. If you saw this game, you wouldn’t have believed that! They were the “in form” team but they fell flat in this game and came up short with every play. Their defending was poor (the main culprit a defender, Egwuekwe who won the AFCON with the Super Eagles in 2013) and there was a huge sense of disconnection in every wing. It is impossible to compare Sharks’ composure and the connection between their players to the dismal performance by the Warri Wolves players. By the end of the half, Sharks already had two goals in their kitty and eventually ran away with the game. Well done Sharks! This is what the NPFL needs!
Dolphins Vs Nasarawa United
One Poor Team Vs Another Poor Team
Asides individual brilliance and beautiful team play, sometimes goals need defensive errors to become goals, poor officiating too. This was a game between two teams that looked like they both needed help.
Nasarawa United needed an unworthy penalty to take the lead in Port Harcourt. Then the Dolphins goalie made a rookie’s error, handled the ball outside the box and got himself sent off. Dolphins, now down to 10 men, had to play clueless football, patternless soccer, make clumsy challenges before they could take advantage of Nasarawa’s ball-watching defenders to equalize and another to put them in the lead. 10 men scored two goals in 30 minutes. Sounds good but both teams played like the NPFL is a league of rookies. And obviously that is not true! Warn yourselves you two. The last thing the league needs now is two clubs playing boring football and chasing the fans away! 🙁