The Enyimba Football Club yesterday produced a clinical performance to beat Abia Warriors 4-1 in an exciting game of the (NPFL)Nigeria Professional Football League at Okigwe Stadium.
The match, which started at Umuahia Stadium on Sunday, was canceled after the violence of the crowd; turned into an exciting five-goal show following the resumption in Okigwe on Monday.
Stanley Dimgba kept his feet on the pedals of his scoring form, controlling Cyril Olisema’s chipped pass to score a low goal and give Enyimba the lead four minutes before the break.
Three minutes later, young Anayo Iwuala took a quick break to mount Victor Mbaoma, who took his place at the edge of the area, giving Fatai Osho’s team a two-goal advantage at halftime.
The visitors were forced to resist sustained pressure at the restart – with Timothy Danladi and Abiodun Adebayo holding tight to the quarterback – but they seemed lethal in the interval, and it was one of those items that Iwuala repressed hopes of returning when he finished Olisema’s exquisite pass for his first goal since joining the People’s Elephant this season.
Dimgba then took the key six minutes later, with a calm finish from Dare Olatunji’s long ball.
Yakub Hammed lowered the score for the hosts, but did little to harm Enyimba’s room direct wins in the league.
The impressed Enyimba coach, Fatai Osho, said: “We are very happy with what happened in Umuahia yesterday (Sunday). Many unfortunate things have happened. The fans were attacked, the club president has been attacked and there is a way for it to affect players. So we try to talk to the players so that they would get over it.
“It is not really an easy thing to do and, moreover, it is not very good for our football, but we are here today. We are very happy that the players managed to overcome this and increase their performance ”.