After holding off strongly in the first half, El Kanemi Warriors succumbed to the supremacy of Enyimba of Aba to concede two quick goals in the second half with no reply in their NIgeria Professional Football League match day 25 clash at the Adokiye Amasiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Man of the Match Nzube Anaezemba flew into Joseph Osadiaye’s free kick and delivered a low header to put Enyimba up in the 53rd minute and Bassey Ezekiel sealed victory for the Aba boys with a drive from the box line in the 69th minute, just three minutes after he came off the bench to substitute Andrew Abalogu.
El Kanemi had unsettled Enyimba in the early minutes of the game with a long throw into the box for a cluster of waiting lanky strikers but goalkeeper Moses Ocheye rise promptly to duty, lifting higher to save the situation.
Chinedu Ohanachom rubbed it in for the Maiduguri warriors as he drove in from the flank, dusting a couple of Enyimba’s defenders but he was stopped in the box by captain Chinedu Udoji.
Enyimba recovered quickly afterwards and began to push back on the visitors as Ojo Oluwadare attempted a long range shot which flew over but El Kanemi replied with Isiaka Olawale stepping into a loose chance which he executed feebly off target. He tried yet another trick in the 22nd minute when he sighted Moses Ocheye off his line and quickly delivered a lob that sailed slightly over the bar.
Enyimba came closest to scoring in the first half when Stephen Chinedu dribbled in but fluffed a one-on-one chance with George Michael, in goal for El Kanemi.
Down by two goals in the second half, Coach Ladan Bosso threw everything in in the last quarter but all the chances for El Kanemi produced no consolation as Isiaka Olawale’s 84th minute powerful strike was parried for corner by Ocheye.
Most biting was Bambai Mohammed’s golden miss in the 87th minute when he arrived earlier to receive a counter and Ocheye come out late in the bid to stop him but Bambai lobbed over the cross bar even with Ocheye clearly out of his box with no defender behind him.
The result was especially important for Enyimba to get on track for the league title chase and hopefully book another berth for the continentals next season.