Day one of the Super 4 championship saw all four teams taking to the pitch with Warri Wolves the only team to win beating Akwa United 1-0
Enyimba and Nassarawa United shared the spoils in a dramatic encounter which saw the third placed team score late against the league champions to leave Warri Wolves top of the pile after day one.
Nassarawa United Are The Fittest:
As expected all four teams were a bit off the pace as they are yet to get to their best condition physically but while they tired out towards the end of the game,Nassarawa United were an exception.
The Lafia based outfit showed tremendous stamina to score late against Enyimba whose level dropped after the hour mark, credit must go to Coach Kabiru Dogo for building up his team fitness in such a short time.
Enyimba Have Got Strength In Depth:
The Aba based lords have as much big names on the pitch like they half on the bench with names like Mfon Udoh, Ugwu Uwadiegwu,Musa Najere and Razak Aliyu failing to come on.
A show of their strength in depth is also best explained with the likes of Etor Daniel,Ugochukwu Leonard,Peter Onyekachi and Eric Frimpong coming on as substitutes.
Akwa United Are Lacking A Real Striker:
For all of the possession they had they failed to create any chance of note against a Warri Wolves team that appears weak at the rear.
Their solid midfield can help them gain control of games but in the opponent’s box they lack a willing runner who can effect things and they were forced to rely on setpieces where Namso Edo came close in the absence of his set piece partner Yusuf Adio.
Little Wonder the promise keepers like Akwa United are called were desperate to sign Enyimba hitman Mfon Udoh just before the start of their raining ahead of the super 4 championship.
Affelokhai is a bargain For Enyimba:
Although he conceded a late goal,the fact that Enyimba hanged on till the 90th minute was largely due to his goal keeping heroics between the sticks for Enyimba.
The former Kano Pillars captain who joined Enyimba for an undisclosed fee was calm,confident and commanding and by far kept them in the game with his firm grip and confident takes.
His control of his back four showed why he spent 5 years at Kano Pillars as first choice goalkepper and he might be that extra edge Enyimba need to qualify for the group stage are the third time of trying.
Warri Wolves Still Have Work To Do:
They were the only one to win a game at the end of match day one but largely due to the profligate nature of their opponent in attack and theyWarri Wolves benefited from some horrendous goalkepping error from Akwa United Olufemi Kayode to score their winner.
They were unconvincing at the back,disjointed in the middle and uncoordinated in attack, losing all their duels causing them to give away freekicks in dangerous area which Akwa United failed to utilise.
Overall they did nothing spectacular to suggest they are ready to face the rest of Africa in the CAF Champions League,