FC Ifeanyi Ubah kick started the second stanza of the League season on Sunday with a 5-star performance against Shooting Stars at the Lekan Salami Stadium Ibadan. Goals from Godwin Obaje, Pascal Seka, King Osanga in the 2nd, 14th and 87th minutes respectively were all the NPFL Galacticos needed to secure an emphatic 3-0 scoreline.
Before the commencement of this crunch tie, FC Ifeanyi Ubah Chairman, Chukwuma Ubah unveiled three of the club’s new signings, Isaac Baadu a fullback and central defender signed from Accra Hearts of Oak spotting Jersey number 5, Joseph Maamo a fullback and free transfer spotting Jersey number 23 as well as Douglas Nkrumah an attacking midfielder signed from a Lebanese based club spotting Jersey number 27.
Joseph Maamo made the starting 11 and coincidentally his debut while Baadu Isaac had to settle for the bench. The Anambra Warriors started the game on a very good note creating the first chance as Msonter Tony exchanged passes in midfield with Tamen Medrano, Medrano threaded a pass the way of King Osanga who teed Godwin Obaje with the latter putting up a delightful finish after he rounded Goalkeeper Michael Oweru to score in the second minute of the game.
Striker Seka Pascal doubled the lead in the 14th minute after receiving a true ball from Tamen Medrano. In the 25th minute the Oluyole Warriors were awarded a spot kick as Lekan Bola’s cross on the right flank came off the hand of defender Adou with the referee pointing to the spot, However Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa rose to the occasion as he saved Adebayo Abayomi’s effort from 12 yards. The game continued with some poor decisions by the officials who made things difficult for the Anambra Warriors as the game wared on.
Shooting Stars come close to getting a lifeline in the 42nd minute but defender Valentine Nwabili was on hand to take the sting off Sunday Faleye’s ferocious shot just inside the box. Seka Pascal came close to getting his brace but was adjudged to be in an offside position in a controversial decision as the half ran out with scores in favour of FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
The second half started almost in a similar fashion as the first with Godwin Obaje missing what could be termed a sighter from about 8 yards after an inch perfect pass inside the area from overlapping Joseph Maamo. Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was on hand to make another save in the 54th minute from Opeyemi Adetoyi’s shot. In the 59th minute Msonter Anthony came to the rescue for the Warriors to scuttle Sunday Faleye’s surge into the area after he nuttmegged 3 players in the process. Bright Onyedikachi would get the opportunity to make it 3 in the 71st minute but for poor finishing from a very fluid counter attacking move. Minutes after Bright Onyedikachi got the marching orders for what looked like time wasting measures after committing a foul much to the chagrin and astonishment of the FC Ifeanyi Ubah faithful.
In the 87th minute, King Osanga put the game beyond the host from a free kick 25 yards out after Seka Pascal was fouled while dribbling his way through a sea of bodies close to the box. The Anambra Warriors would hang on after the board showed 5 minutes of added time to seal a huge 3-0 away win which was last achieved by any team in the league since 2015. Next up for FC Ifeanyi Ubah is a home game against Kano Pillars come next Sunday.
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