Enyimba must be wary of in-form Wasiu Jimoh in Aba
By Fisayo Dairo
If there is anything like a Players Index or Whoscored rating for players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season, then one name that would surely be in the top three is Wasiu Jimoh.
The story of the 22-year old has been one of ups and downs in almost equal proportions since he emerged as a prodigiously talented teenager from the roughly fine city of Ibadan in 2015 where he played for the famous Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC).
Jimoh has somehow shuttled between Ibadan – with Shooting Stars – and Nnewi – with FC Ifeanyiubah – before finally deciding to take up another challenge when he joined Rivers United before the start of this league season. Jimoh’s addition is one of that of over 20 players signed by Stanley Eguma as he embarked upon the latest in his attempt at rebuilding or overhauling his knackered Rivers United engine.
The move for Jimoh who was at a point turned to a right-back at FC Ifeanyiubah by the ‘Converter Extraordinaire’ Ladan Bosso has proved to be a very good one so far for Eguma while the coach’s decision to revert him to his more natural attacking role has also proved to be a rare masterstroke from the ‘Technical Manager.’
As an attacker playing in an entirely new team, Wasiu Jimoh has found a way of deciding all the four league games played by Rivers United so far this season. He surely loves his new environment.
“I am enjoying my game a lot now,” admitted Jimoh to npfl.ng.
“This is Port Harcourt, a very big city so I feel very happy to be here. I am adapting gradually and I know before the end of this season, I will adapt more and more.”
There is no better way to show that you are adapting to a new environment other than racking up the numbers and making telling contributions to decide games. An assist in Minna, a goal in Akure and a last gasp winner in United’s last game – a narrow 1-0 win over Remo Stars last Wednesday in Port Harcourt. United have scored four goals in four games and all four have Jimoh’s mark planted on them.
The strong and pacy winger-cum-striker reflects on his match-winning performance in a rescheduled Matchday 1 game against Remo Stars in midweek and more crucially, his message for the future is one that should scare his upcoming opponents starting with Enyimba.
“I feel very happy to score the winning goal against Remo Stars. It’s the game of football and I always believe that I am going to score, even till the last minute, I always have that belief.
“But that doesn’t mean that I am on top of my game now, I still need to keep pushing and still work hard to make sure that in the next game, I try as much as possible to make a very good impact,” said Jimoh.
The immediate next game is a trip to Aba against former league champions Enyimba, a venue where Rivers United (formerly Dolphins) have not won in the past decade. United sit pretty at the top of Group A standings with eight points while Enyimba have failed to win in their last three league outings, a cause for growing concern among the Enyimba fanbase.
Rivers United head coach Eguma once worked at the Aba club as assistant during their successful 2003/04 era and the longest-serving coach at present in the league also sends his own message to the People’s Elephant.
“In this league, every team is determined. We are also determined. It’s going to be a different ball game, we will prepare for Enyimba and I am quite sure that we can get a very good result in Aba,” said Eguma.