Enyimba Bounce Back, Whip Wolves 1-0


Enyimba FC


Two-time African champions and current Super Four cup holders, Enyimba Football Club bounced back from its opening day defeat to edge Warri Wolves 1-0 in the first game of Match Day 2 of the ongoing Glo Premier League Super-4 Tournament at the Abuja National Stadium.

Defender Ifeanyi George scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after Wolves defender Oke Ogagotewho handled an indirect free-kick from the left side of the penalty box.

Both teams made extensive changes to their lineup after their opening day defeats to Flying Eagles and the Olympic Team respectively.

Enyimba retained only three members from their starting line-up while Wolves retained only Captain Goodluck Onamado and Ogagotewho.

Wolves however handed full debuts to former Enyimba defender, Semiu Liadi and Onyekachi Okafor who joined from relegated Crown FC while former Akwa United winger, Ezekiel Bassey, started on the flanks for Enyimba who also had former Sunshine Stars and Kano Pillars goalkeeper, Moses Ocheje in goal.

Enyimba started the brighter of the two sides with playmaker Etor Daniel thrilling those inside the arena with his lovely footworks and combinational play with his teammates, particularly Bassey.

The deadlock did not last for long as Ogagotewho inadvertently handled Kamal Sikiru’s in swinging free kick on 14 minutes. Fullback George, in his first start for the People’s Elephant coolly converted down the middle to send goalkeeper Akpeyi the wrong way.

Buoyed by their lead, Enyimba further exhibited a cohesive display of free-flowing passes in the middle though goalkeeper Akpeyi in goal for Wolves remained largely untested throughout the first half. Wolves on their own grew into the game but when almost getting a breakthrough, they were either pegged back by the assistant referee’s flag or the inspired Ocheje.

Just like they did on Day One against the Dream Team VI, Warri Wolves probed further for an equaliser in the second stanza especially with the introduction of former Enyimba striker Ezenwa Otorogu who along with Ikechukwu Ibenegbu caused the Chinedu Udoji-led Enyimba defence lots of problems.

The duo of Ibenegbu and Otorogu combined midway through the second half but the latter’s volley was parried to safety by Ocheje.

With time running out, Wolves continued their search for a leveler which ultimately proved elusive with Ocheje in inspired form. The former Golden Eaglets goalkeeper preserved Enyimba’s lead when in the 85th minute, he drew out a top draw save to deny a Joseph Osadiaye free-kick which was destined for the top corner,

The cup holders saw the remaining minutes out and thus recorded their first victory of this year’s competition at the second time of asking. Up next for the Kadiri Ikhana-tutored side is a repeat of 2014 Federations Cup final against Dolphins at 5pm tomorrow.

Culled from http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/enyimba-bounce-back-whip-wolves-1-0/200265/


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