CALLING OUT A SPADE (DOES FATAI OSHO STILL HAS WHAT IT TAKES)
We want to apologise to our readers for being absent for some time. Certain conditions beyond our control prevented regular updates on the blog, however we are back and better.
The match in Libya against Al Ahly summarized our sorry state in Continental football as a country. Four teams from Nigeria went into this year’s various CAF competition and only one remained. What are we not getting right? Enyimba lost one nil to Al Ahly Benghazi, a game we could have won. Enyimba’s away form and their narrow home wins leave much to be desired. The boys were so jittery last night they hardly made any meaningful impart with the ball on their feet. Wayward first touch shots from outrageous distances that hardly came near the goal post. I wonder why the boys cannot keep hold of the ball when under pressure. There was hardly any midfield play, lots of missed passes and constant long balls without reasonable outcome. Did we even have midfielders in the game many may ask. Fans prior to this game called for overhauling of the defenders, however we beg to differ.
Winning a game requires scoring more goals than the opponent. Our goal tally is abysmal and this drew lots of criticism on our strikers. But what about the supposed providers, the Midfielders? If the midfielders can’t get good balls across to them how can they score? long balls aimed at a striker surrounded by opposition defenders is as good as nothing. It’s a shame we couldn’t even draw a single away match. It’s either we lack midfielders who can pass the ball around and have the flare for a deadly final pass to the strikers or the coach is yet to instill confidence on the team all this while. They should be able to keep position for a minute at least without turning it over, the current Enyimba squad can’t. Right now we are yet to score more than two goals in a single match or win by more than a goal margin.
Since taking over the rein Fatai Osho failed to define any style of play judging from the lack of shape the team displayed last night. Yes there is determination to chase down every ball but ballooning it away once we get possession won’t get us nearer to scoring. We’ve been unable to score more goals because of unreasonable long balls. If our midfielders can’t keep the ball and build up like any good team, we should not expect the frontline to get goals. Apart from Iwuala and Tosin the rest labored to hold the ball for 10seconds or make meaningful passes. Fatai may be walking on thin lines now. He has failed to build a team compact enough on the field and tactically astute. We expect him to stick to a well organized first team rather than rotating players every other match.
Qualifying now hangs on a thread, We must beat Orlando Pirates to have any chance of qualifying.
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