Last month I blogged more often than i had in previous months and i hope to keep that up this month but the rigours of making ends meet in Lagos has robbed me off the time required to put up a post. Three days is such a long time in football and anything can happen – a lot of things happened. I will still this little time to share how it went for me.
There were no Arsenal mid-week games as the only European encounter was the Champions League quarterfinal in Barcelona, Munich, Wolfsburg and the Zlatan-city – Paris. Please don’t tell me about the Europa. But there are good news on the sidelines: Flamini and Ramsey are fit enough for the bench, Rosicky will feature for the U21, etc.
I had my eyes on the Wolfsburg game for so many reasons which does not exclude that they have a certain Nicklas Bendtner in their team with jersey number 3. Wolfsburg have won all of their Champions League home matches this season – Lord Effect? A 2-0 win was unexpected but you can’t fight a lion and remain the same. Real Madrid were basking in the euphoria of defeating Barcelona at the Nou Camp only to be brought down to earth in Germany. I had Marcelo auditioned for a role in a recent Hollywood movie.
Away from Zidane’s visit to the lord, Zlatan missed a penalty as Manchester City played out a 2-2 draw against host PSG. The king Paris did score but he surely will wish they dismantled the Citizens from England.
The day before the Paris and Wolfsburg entertained the world, Bayern Munich could only defeat Benfica by a lone Arturo Vidal early goal. They huffed and puffed but were lucky not to have conceded. In Spain, Barcelona needed a red card on Torres before they could defeat Atletico Madrid 2-1. The ex-Liverpool man put Simone’s men ahead before getting two bookable offence in the first half. Suarez bit twice to lift the mood. The return leg will be bloody.
Nigerian Professional Football League
On Wednesday and Thursday, 9 matches were played in MatchDay 10 of the 2016 NPFL. FC IfeanyiUbah sneaked into the top with a 2-0 victory over Plateau United. The Agege stadium was alive but Rangers and host MFM FC could only play out a 1-1 draw. Giwa FC recorded their first ever victory over Kano Pillars and Abia Warriors remain unbeaten after securing a surprising 2-1 away win over Akwa United. This is the 1st time Akwa United will lose at their new stadium. Lagos new boys Ikorodu United moved to the bottom of the table after a 1-0 loss to Shooting Stars.
- Shooting Stars 2-0 Ikorodu United FC
- Rivers United FC 1-0 El-Kanemi Warriors
- Giwa FC 2-0 Kano Pillars
- FC IfeanyiUbah 2-0 Plateau United
- MFM FC 1-1 Rangers Intl. FC
- Lobi Stars 1-1 Wikki Tourist
- Akwa United FC 1-2 Abia Warriors
- Niger Tornadoes 2-2 Sunshine Stars
- Nasarawa United 1-0 Heartland FC
CAF Champions League
All road will lead to Port Harcourt on Sunday where an African rivalry will be ignited. Enyimba FC will host Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League second round – the round before the group stage. These teams have met 5 times in the continent with 2 wins a piece and a draw. Enyimba defeated Etoile in the final of the 2004 CAF Champions League, retaining the trophy they won the year before.
ThatEnyimbaFan has documented the rivalry on his blog. do well to check it and ignite your passion for the African game.
Arsenal will start my weekend early enough tomorrow before i attended about 4 wedding ceremonies and get ready for the Oriental Derby – Rangers vs FC IfeanyiUbah.
Top of the table weekend to you all.
Time to run.