BY PAUL EREWUBA
ENYIMBA moved to the second position in the Nigeria Professional Football League table following a hard fought 2-1 win over Warri Wolves at the Umuahia Township Stadium yesterday.
The Peoples’ Elephants are now on 30 points, one behind leaders, Rivers United but with two games in hand.
Yesterday’s game was the first time Enyimba’s head coach, Paul Aigbogun, would be facing his former club.
Enyimba also paraded three former Warri Wolves players in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Ike ThankGod and Abu Azeez in her starting line-up, while two others, Musa Najare and Joseph Osadiaye, started on the bench.
Wolves coach Ard Sluis made two changes to the side that defeated El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 on matchday 19 with centre- back Semiu Liadi and Shedrack Oguh replacing Obinna Nwokolo and Sikiru Alimi.
The host started the game on a bright note with Christian Pyagbara scoring the opening goal on 55 seconds.
Wolves recovered from the setback and equalized through Oguh in the 39th minute following an error by ThankGod.
Enyimba restored her lead in the 72nd minute through Andrew Abalogu who tapped in from close range after goalkeeper Tejiri Rhiogbere spilled Chima Akas’ free kick.
Warri Wolves were reduced to 10-men three minutes later after Solomon Okpako was sent off for a poor tackle on Ibenegbu.
Akas came close to doubling his side’s lead in the 78th minute but his beautiful free kick hit the woodwork.
Enyimba is now without defeat in her last nine games in the NPFL.
Meanwhile, the NPFL champion and CAF Champions League contender, Enyimba, will confront another NPFL side, El-Kanemi Warriors, in the Round of 32 of this year’s Federation Cup competition.
Also, FC IfeanyiUbah and last year’s runner-up Lobi Stars will do battle, while Cup holder Akwa United takes on Kwara United.
Source : SunOnline