11 Jun, 17:30
Enyimba FC of Aba defeated state rivals Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia 2-1 in a 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture played on Sunday in Calabar.
The week 24 match played at the U.J. Esuene Stadium was very lively as both teams tried to outplay each other.
Enyimba team captain Mfon Udoh got the first goal in the 20th minute through a penalty kick, and he extended their lead barely two minutes into the second half.
In the 65th minute, substitute Chimezie Amanfor reduced the tally for the Warriors during a goal mouth scramble.
With the rains setting in to disrupt the free flow of the game, the match’s atmosphere became highly charged as the controversy which trailed the goal led to increased tension.
Two red cards soon followed, with Uche Oharulam of Abia Warriors and Kelle Kester of Enyimba being sent off for unruly behaviours.
Speaking later, Enyimba coach Gbenga Ogunbote said his players performed well.
-They played to instructions. In a local derby, the kind of game we have seen is what you should expect, he said.
Abia Warriors’ coach Abdullahi Biffo, on his part, said there was no excuse for his team to have lost the match.
-There is no excuse. We have to go back and prepare for the game against Plateau United, he said.