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Strikers On Rampage At Ikpeazu Cup, Score 48 Goals In 16 Games

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By Sab Osuji

The maiden edition of #GovIkpeazuCup2020# Preseason Tournament currently holding at Enyimba International Stadium Aba, has witnessed an amazing rush of goals from strikers, Orient Sports reports.

In 16 matches so far played, no fewer than 48 goals have been scored. Although A &A FC forward, Israel Emmanuel, leads the individual performers with six goals, and Josiah Michael of Ngwa United scoring five, the flow of goals underscores the quality of the tournament’s standard.

Mathematically, it means an average of three goals in every single game despite the fact that only one group game so far ended in a barren draw.

While many see the development as a credit to the strikers who have continued to deliver that (goals) which makes every football match interesting, worth spending time and money for, some think otherwise.

The dissenting voices are of the view that perhaps, the defenders and goalkeepers have reneged on their primary responsibility while on the pitch which is to cage the attackers from finding the back of the net.

But Abia Warriors coach, Willy Udube, reasons otherwise.

Udube believes it is a credit to the #GovIkpeazuCup2020# that the goals are ‘raining’. He reckons that goals make matches interesting, attract spectators to the stadium and give the spectators something to always talk about.

However, the former Go Round FC gaffer says the huge goals so far scored in the tournament is a reflection of the adaptation of the new dynamics now evolving in the global game.

“Time is gone when goal scoring is meant for only the upfield players (strikers) alone”, Udube restates.

“In the modern football that is the order of the day, the defender, midfielder, striker and sometimes goalkeepers join in goal scoring. It shows that the team is a single unit, working together.

“So what is happening at this tournament in terms of high goal scoring shows that the teams are understanding and putting into action coaches tactics, philosophy and game plans.

“It is not a lapse on the part of the defenders or goalkeepers, no. It’s a clear sign that the players are functioning as a single unit, each player complimenting the other. That’s what has led to the huge number of goals that we are witnessing at this tournament”.

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