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#SociaLigaMD5 : Mainland Conference Report

Joshua Obakimi may have been the front runner for the League MVP award when the season started but Raineri Ghost’s Olisemeka Esumeh’s late push for the award can no longer be ignored. With 5 goals scored in 4 matchdays in a row, Olisemeka Esumeh had already set the SociaLiga record for goals scored in a consecutive matchdays (4) beating Emmanuel Eze (Royals, 2016) and Joshua Obakimi’s (Dannaz, 2018) joint record of 3.

Raineri Ghost 4 – 2 All Black

In Saturday’s early kick off, defending Mainland Conference Champions, Raineri Ghost sealed a playoff spot for the second year in a row by stretching their winning record against All Black to 4 games now. When these sides first met on Matchday 2, we were served 8 goals. This time around, we were served 6.

Joshua Obakimi may have been the front runner for the League MVP award when the season started but Raineri Ghost’s Olisemeka Esumeh’s late push for the award can no longer be ignored. With 5 goals scored in 4 matchdays in a row (Matchday 2, 3, extra-matchday & 4), Olisemeka Esumeh had already set the SociaLiga record for goals scored in a consecutive matchdays (4) beating Emmanuel Eze (Royals, 2016) and Joshua Obakimi’s (Dannaz, 2018) joint record of 3. Now, it just seems like he won’t stop till he’s stretched the record as long as he possibly can. A first half brace against All Black made it 5 matchdays in a row now in which Raineri’s star striker had found the back of the net. Prior to the start of the season, many understandably had doubts about Raineri’s ability to cope with the departure of Shahin ‘Benzema’ from the team, after all he was the league’s joint top scorer last year. Right now, Olisemeka sits on top the goal scoring chart after 6 games played with 7 goals.

#SociaLigaMD5 : Mainland Conference Preview

All Black would have to put on their most perfect SociaLiga performance yet to have a chance of making the playoffs. Not only do they have to beat Raineri, they have to do so by a 4 goal margin.

All Black had a slim chance to make it to the playoffs; it required them winning by 4 goals. Their quest began on a positive note when Nosike put them ahead just 5 mins into the game. However, 13 mins later, Raineri Ghost opened the floodgates to match that of mother nature’s earlier in the day that left the pitch soaked. A brace from Olisemeka, a thumping left shot from Tomisin and a curler from David put Raineri 4-1 up after 43 mins played and All Black’s hopes were dashed. Chidi’s fine effort past Azubike took the game to 4-2 but it came way too late and All Black finished yet another season without playoff football.

With 21 goals in 4 meetings between these two sides, All Black v Raineri Ghost is undoubtedly the most entertaining fixture in The SociaLiga and fans got their money’s worth.

Bravos Knights 2 v 1 Guns

In the last match of the day, a dead rubber fixture, Bravos Knights claimed a 2-0 victory over the Guns; a scoreline everyone saw coming from a mile away. Both sides had previously met twice and Bravos Knights had won both games by the same 2-0 scoreline, a repeat was almost inevitable this time around.

Bravos Striker, Alaba Otukoya made his first SociaLiga start in almost a year after an injury saw him miss out on months of action. Alaba was a known goal poacher in the League with his 4 goals helping Bravos Knights to a top seed finish in the league. Guns were without star striker Sly who had 3 goals. In his absence, Guns lined up with Mujeeb Oguntowo and Gilbert Ekugbe up top.

In typical Bravos fashion, the tempo of the game was slowed down and they had total control of how the game went regardless of Guns coming close on a handful of occasions. At half time, it remained goalless, just as Bravos Knights wanted it. We had seen this movie a million times and we knew what was coming next. Bravos Knights made 2 substitutions with Toyin Thomas and Andrew Emeka coming on. Alabi Kazeem was already staking his claim as the best tactician in the league and those two substitutes, Toyin Thomas and Andrew Emeka, wasted no time in grabbing a goal each for themselves. Bravos Knights hung on for the win. 2-0 as routine as you would expect.

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