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Where Are The Mighty Clubs?

Posted: May 9, 2015 at 12:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

It is no longer news that the thrills and frills which greet the performance of some Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs, such as Heartland, Rangers, Enyimba, Pillars at the start of the season has turned a fluke.

This followed the inability of these clubs to maintain the tempo of their high profile performance as they have lost some vital points from matches that could have put them on a good stead in the title race.

This situation is worst with the Owerri outfit that has lost two home games making management to give the Technical Adviser, Erasmus Onuh, a 5-match ultimatum and to grab a minimum of 10 points from the five games.

When the going was favorable at the start of the season, the Naze Millionaires won three straight games, one home and  two away games and has also lost two homes.

Another worst hit club is Rangers that has lost five games out of seven played so far, with only two wins even as it did not start the season on a winning note.

Rangers presently has one of the best coaches in the NPFL in the person of Kelechi Emeteole, who led Heartland to CAF Champions League final. He has also handled Nigeria Beach Eagles.

But, it is a known fact that the club has been suffering huge financial crisis for quite some time now and the owners have not been able to do anything tangible to remedy the situation till date as and this is impacting negatively on the team.

For the Peoples’ Elephants that has won one away game, league followers had thought the side was back to the old glory days only to lose scandalously to new entrants, Gabros of Nnewi in Week 7 bringing its defeats to two, three wins and two draws.

The seeming most surprising of the poor performance by the mighty clubs so far is the defending champions, Pillars that has won three straight matches.

While the other clubs in question may be excused for their financial epilepsy, the Pyramid City side gets the best remunerations among all NPFL clubs at the moment and has no reason what so ever to flop.

Pillars’ coach Okey Emordi, while agreing tobe above said, there is no excuse for failure. That the star players did not feature in the match against Shooting Stars and by a lone goal is no excuse.

Emordi further said, “The absence of the star players should be opportunity for the new ones to shine and book a place for themselves.”

The interesting turn around in all of these is the bold statement from the newcomers as Wikki Tourists, Gabros and Giwa FC that is now two seasons in the NPFL.

The performance of these clubs is a good development in the annals of Nigeria elite league as it will raise the tempo and credibility of the league before the outside world.

Interestingly, some of the newcomers had beaten the said mighty sides home and away since the season commenced.

Abia Warriors that is in the second season of the NPFL was first to humble Heartland of Owerri at home, Giwa FC disgraced Rangers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu and Wikki also added salt to injury for Rangers in Bauchi.

Also, Gabros and Shooting Stars did not make matters simple for Enyimba and Pillars, the two teams that came first and second last season and represented the country at the continental levels.

The development has now thrown a poser as to which team will steal the show at the end of the season and there is the likelihood that one of the newcomers may pick a continental slot.

Best said is even that the season winners maybe too close to call, because all clubs seemed prepared for the season and with a focus of getting something at the end of the day and no team can even be permed for relegation now.

Thus, the big lesson is that the Nigerian NPFL has come of age and the big clubs management should do the needful by putting square pegs in square holes as it is no more business as usual.