Relegation threatened Bavarian club Augsburg seem to have found the winning formula in the second half of the season. It was almost looking like a foregone conclusion that they would be going down at the end of the season, but history is repeating itself again as they are suddenly showing some signs resilience. By December they had only amassed a total of 9 points together with fellow bottom placedd SG Furth. The team is now playing with so much confidence that they are winning games away from home. Victories over Dusseldorf, Werder Bremen and Hamburg has announced their presence and sent message to other teams that they are not in the league to make the numbers. They are still currently five point adrift from Dusseldorf but if their recent form is anything to consider, they seem capable of not just avoiding relegation but have respectable finish at the end of the season.
The question is what did they put right - firstly they hire a new manager and former German international – Stefan Reuter as their Sporting Director. Secondly, they invested in some quality signing like South Korean Dong Won Ji and Somen Tchoyi and Michael Pankhurst. Their recent victories will give them a boost in their subsequest games. They will be depending on Ja Cheol Koo to fire them on,Having fellow compatriot Dong Won Ji will give him the necessary motivation and both duo have been pivotal to the club's revival. Dong joined the team on loan from Premeirship Club -Sunderland and he will be hoping that his new found form will secure him a permanent deal. Koo 5 goals on the other hand helped their suvival cause last season. The team would be looking to secure a home win this weekend against Hannover 96 who have not been too impresive on the road.
Oba Adeola Amokomowo
Bundesliga/African Football Contributor