The mood in Warri was palpably dim as Wolves failed to push past visiting Lobi Stars, settling to a 0-0 draw in their NPFL match day 9 encounter at the Warri Township Stadium, Sunday evening.
On the first outing of their new Technical Advise, Ard Sluis from Holland, Wolves shaky back four, strings of faulty passes and unsure-footed attack combined to afford Lobi less stress and an away point to take home to Makurdi.
Hundreds of Wolves fans expressed disappointment at the outcome of the game, regretting that Wolves current players appear to be just average with no sharp shooters in the forward line.
Wolves had opened with a rush keeping the fight in Lobi’s vital area in the opening minutes but Lobi recovered quickly and pushed them back. The rebuff from the Makurdi boys put Wolves under pressure as in the 10th minute, goalkeeper Eriose Tega misdirected a hurried clearance to the opponents which Okpotu Anthony intercepted but the situation was saved by a quick response by Joseph Eyimofe.
Still tensed Eyimofe also fell guilty of another faulty back pass to Eriose, the wobbly nod was more a chance for Eduwo Kingsley to shoot at goal but for the keeper who rushed on field to check the danger.
Wolves got a good chance in the 19th minute when Okpako Solomon provided King Osanga a split pass from the midfield but he failed to connect. Okpako’s low header near post also went narrowly away from the upright.
Kelvin Itoya looked good to power Wolves ahead in the 40th minute but he shot directly at goal keeper Odah Okiemute who blocked off before the break.
Lobi turned the heat in the second half but Eduwo miss kicked a 67th minute open chance and the rebound was headed off for Lobi corner which inversely provided Wolves a counter but the low cross into the visitors area was cleared off goal line by Solomon Kwambe.
With the fans expressing worries with the fading time, Wolves launched a determined rush at Lobi, keeping the action in the box for several minutes but Odah saved twice to deny them any joy. With five minutes added, Monday Osagie put in a powerful nodder from Wolves corner kick but Lobi defenders were on the line to ensure no mishap.
Coach Godwin Uwua said he had prepared hard in anticipation of a very tough game, considering the pedigree of Wolves in the Nigeria Professional Football League, and he is happy to go home with a point.
“For you, it is a draw but I consider it a three point win for us to come to Warri and hold Wolves to a draw.”
Wolves captain, Goodluck Onamado, however takes the result in stoic faith.
“It was a fine match. We put in our best but, unfortunately we couldn’t convert any of our chances. That is football. Sometimes things do not go as planned.”