Yesterday, I didn’t have the luxury of watching the UEFA Champions League matches and thus missed out on Kelechi Iheanacho’s 1st goal in the competition.
The young Nigerian striker came on for Aguero – who had three goals to his name same night – and made it 4-0 for Pep’s City against BMG (I don’t have the strength to check for the spelling). Juventus fired blanks against Sevilla in Turin and Morata grabbed a late winner for Real Madrid against Sporting CP.
My surprise result came from Belgium. I never expected Leicester to defeat Club Brugge but their fairytale continues. A 3-0 win puts the Foxes on top of the table. Spurs stuttered in Wembly, losing 2-1 to Monaco. No victory for any North London club.
So, I missed these games because I was in the Rock City of Abeokuta to watch Nigerian Champions Enyimba in action against Ikorodu United. It was a rescheduled game and the rains had added extra dimension to everyone that watched at the MKO Abiola stadium.
The Elephants disappointed with a 3-2 loss but I must commend relegation bound Ikorodu United who are now unbeaten in 5 straight games. They are about the most in-form team in the NPFL. If only they had woken up as early as Matchday 20, they may have been in the top half of the table. Too late.
As for Enyimba, there is nothing to fight for in the League except pride and higher positional end-of-season shares. The Federation Cup is their last hope to be on the continent next year but they have Nasarawa United in the semis to overcome. It was a poor display yesterday evening.
It was a horrid journey for me back home. The roads were poor and the rains were in charge. It was an hour to midnight before I felt the comfort of the place I called home in the city of Lagos. It was worth it.
In other news, there is a new UEFA president, Kiev will host the 2017 UCL final and Nigeria moved up the FIFA rankings. You can also look through Arsenal’s twitter for recent takeovers from Mustafi, Holding, Jenko et al.
Bonus: there will be Thursday night football for some teams. You know them 😆
Your love for Nigerian football is exemplary. Keep it up.