… As Wikki Tourist dim Jigawa Golden Stars
Enyimba International have maintained their unbeaten run against Adamawa United with a 2-1 victory in the Match Day 6 of the ongoing 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League in Bauchi.
There were countless chances created from kickoff to the final whistle, but the Aba Elephants proved to be the more clinical of the two sides to record their fourth victory of the campaign.
Enyimba have never lost a league meeting with United, winning two out of two previous matches without conceding a goal.
And they were up and running in the opening stages, asking questions from the home side’s defence before Iwuala fired past goalkeeper Philemon following a defensive mix-up in the eighth minute.
Adamawa United were stung by that opener, but it was the visitors who continued to dominate and deservedly extended their lead in the 32nd minute.
Enyimba carved open their opponents with ease, and Dayo Ojo sent a low cross into the box, which was duly tapped home by left-back Obot.
Chances continued to open for the Aba Elephants. It could have been three-nil when Obot used his pace to glide past his opponent and centred a cross into the box for Omoyele, but Philemon foiled the opportunity.
Adamawa’s biggest chance of the half finally arrived moments before the break.
Adam Yakubu was played through on goal with only goalkeeper Noble to beat. But the Enyimba shot-stopper made himself big to narrow the space and blocked the Adamawa striker’s attempt for a corner kick.
On the hour-mark, Adamawa United finally scored their first-ever league goal against Enyimba FC as Idris Abubakar scored from the spot to drag his side back in the game.
But the 2019 NPFL champions wanted more, and only the woodwork came to United’s rescue in the 83rd minute when substitute Olisema danced into the opponents’ danger area and fired at goal.
Seconds later, Enyimba squandered another chance to extend their advantage as Olisema threaded Iwuala through on goal, only for the winger to miss his target after rounding the goalkeeper.
With the victory, Enyimba moved up to third on the log and Adamawa United remain rock bottom without a win.
In other game of the day at the Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Wikki Tourist got their second win of the season beating Jigawa Golden Stars 2-0.
Usman Abd’Allah’s boys got through Nazifi Yahaya, who scored from the edge of the box in the 39th minute and then doubled their lead in the 79th minute through Promise Damala.
Wikki moved up to 11th on the log a point above their evening’s opponent, Jigawa Golden Stars.
The round’s matches will be completed tomorrow at the Sanni Abacha Stadium in Kano between Kano Pillars and Rivers United which will be live on NPFLTv and NTA by 4pm.