Nigerian Professional Football League Super Four “#NPFLSuper4”.
Fc Ifeanyi Ubah 1 (Kone Yaya, Pen. 57′).
Wikki Tourist Fc 2 (Shammah Tanze 84′ & Abdulahi Musa 90+3′).
Venue: Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
Date: 7th December 2016
The much anticipated Nigerian Professional Football League Super Four tournament finally kicked off, yesterday all team squared up for this historic and eventful moment.
Anxiety and adrenaline rush, derived from the pre match expectations finally eased and we all saw what teams could muster at the inception. Pundits think its too early to judge, while others are of the opinion that if you start well, your confidence will bloster and position you to consolidate on greater heights.
Paraventure you lost your first game, subsequent fixtures and the season proper, will avail teams opportunity to make amends. It was not a fun day for Fc Ifeanyi Ubah, a well deserved lead overturned to a loss.
Much ado about nothing, as we get into the details of the fixture that saw Anambra Warriors narrowly lost to the Yankari Boys from Bauchi but prior to then let’s take a closer look at the squad formation at the Fc Ifeanyi Ubah ranks for this tourney.
21. Bamba Drissa
30. Elu Wilson
2. Okoh Emmanuel
5. Akakem Onyekachi
20. Loute Isaac
14. Eric Darko
28. Siba Adams
11. Wisdom Magbisa
13. Kone Yaya
32. Osanga King
26. Seka Pascale
1. Ikechukwu Ezenwa
17. Inamoto Godwin
6. Steven Eze
35. Felix Osia
23. Tony Msonter
4. Adeleye Olamilekan
31. Egbeta Micheal
19. Oni Jimoh
10. Ajunwa Onyebuchi
16. Isaac Steven
27. Franklin Sasere
Coach. Kenichi Yatsuhaghi
A new coach, five old players at the starting line up, bench filled with veterans of the club tells you that its a dawn of a new era and all hands must be on deck. The squad analysis remains a topic for another day but before then lets breakdown minute by minute of what went wrong and right on Matchday 1.
The game kicked off promising for Fc Ifeanyi Ubah, pressure was mounted on Wikki Tourist, resulting to a free-kick taken by the new midfield dynamo King Osanga but it met a brick wall at the 2nd minute.
Two minutes later a defender for Wikki Tourist fouled another new acquired striker for Anambra Warriors Kone Yaya as he lunches an attack. A minute later Wikki Tourist’s Bature Yaro receives a lose ball and tries an ambitious shot but the ball went over the bar.
Six minutes the Yankari Boys from Bauchi started gaining presence in the game, threatening Anambra Warriors in a goal mouth scramble which almost saw them take a lead through Shammah Tanze but Akakem Onyekachi was on hand to head the ball off the goalline.
King Osanga an erstwhile Warri Wolves player, now with Fc Ifeanyi Ubah broke through the flank and drove in a shot but it was deflects for a corner, the resultant corner fell on Osanga and he shoots from a distance but it went over the goal at the 7th minute.
Two minutes later Idris Sabo of Wikki almost put his side in front via a chip, eventually the ball went over but enterprising goalkeeper Bamba Drissa for Fc Ifeanyi Ubah had it covered. Eleven minutes after the kick-off whistle, Idris Sabo tried yet another strike but failed to hit the mark.
Quarter an hour into the game, goalkeeper Bamba began his busy evening with a save from a nicely taken freekick. Anambra Warriors left footed attacker Kone Yaya cuts from the right and lashes a simple pass to Osanga whose shot was well blocked by the Wikki Tourist defence at the 19th minute.
Two minutes later there was a fine midfield display between Elu Wilson, Wisdom Magbisa, Pascal Seka and King Osanga to the delight of the spectators who enjoyed the artistry.
A minute later Fc Ifeanyi Ubah’s goalkeeper Bamba made another decent save from an intending goal bound shot. Eric Darko charges fully but was brought down for a freekick, twenty-three minutes into the game and the resultant freekick by Osanga was off target again.
Wikki Tourist’s Bature Yaro shoots from range but goalkeeper Bamba made the catch look so easy at the 30th minute. The game was balanced for about eight minutes until Wikki had a counter attack through Shammah Tanze and he passed the ball to Bature Yaro who was in an offside position.
Afterwards, it was more of a midfield battle, both team tried to outwit the other but failed. At stoppage time, Seka Pascale receives a lose ball but his effort to shoot was furtile as the linesman signals for an offside and then came the half-time whistle.
At the resumption of the break, Coach Kenichi Yatsuhaghi who was having his first test of competitive football with Fc Ifeanyi Ubah, introduced Tony Msonter for Eric Darko in his first substitution.
The game grew intense, with another fine midfield display from Loute Isaac to Osanga to Seka to Yaya and the delighted crowd cheered at the 48th minute. A minute later, Elu crossed the ball to Osanga but his attempt failed and the ball went back to Elu who was disposed.
The game grew intense, Loute chipped a superb up through ball to Osanga inside the box and he tried to break away towards goal but was brought down for a penalty to Anambra Warriors at the 56th minute. A minute later, new signing Ivorian striker Yaya Kone converted the spot kick coolly into the net to give Fc Ifeanyi Ubah the much awaited lead. Akakem Onyekachi was sent off for a second bookable offence of handling the ball which gave Wikki Tourist an extra man advantage, at an hour and one minute into the keenly contested game.
Five minutes later Loute Isaac was booked for foul on a Wikki Tourist player. At the 68th minute, Wikki’s Yaro swings in a deadball but Mukatar’s header went over. Fc Ifeanyi Ubah’s Osanga King charged through the left flank and lashes a ground pass, the intended pass meant for Kone Yaya to tap in a goal was wasted because he failed to reach the ball Twenty minutes from time. A minute later, Fc Ifeanyi Ubah’s Okoh Emmanuel lobbed a freekick to Seka, whoheaded it to his compatriot Kone but the ball fell on his weaker right foot and his shot was blocked easily.
Another long thrust was floated to Seka but his shot let him down and the ball went off target at the 72nd minute. At the 73rd minute, Coach Kenichi made double substitution as Seka Pascal was replaced by Felix Osia and Isaac Loute made way for Isaac Steven. Four minutes later, Anambra Warriors Isaac Steven charged towards the Wikki defence but was dislodged.
Fc Ifeanyi Ubah’s Bamba made another save from a shot intended for goal at the 79th minute. At the 81st minute, Bamba made a double save from a header to keep Fc Ifeanyi Ubah’s one goal lead intact. A perfect chip from Wikki Tourist’s Abdulahi Musa to Tanze Shammah who wasted no time in shooting the ball behind Bamba’s net for an equaliser at the 84th minute.
Four minutes from time, Oni Jimoh came on for Kone Yaya in what was Coach Kenichi’s last substitution for the match. A minute from time, Wikki Tourist almost went ahead, Idris Guud crossed to Richard Jonathan but his pass to Abubakar Lawal was furtile because the latter was in an offside position.
At the stroke of time, Oni Jimoh was caught offside trying to get Fc Ifeanyi Ubah ahead again. Sadly the last action of the game saw an effort from a corner rebounded by Abdulahi Musa and deflected into Fc Ifeanyi Ubah’s goal beating Bamba and the entire team to this fixture.
Yesterday’s game was a loss but all is not lost, redemption have to come via the next two uphill fixture against Rivers United on Matchday 2 and Rangers International on Matchday 3. We must not condemn or dampen the moral of these lads, they have all it takes to win those two remaining games but it must be at their best.
The season is quarter to set, our time starts now and Fc Ifeanyi Ubah is geared towards achieving greater results this campaign and that strive must continue to be our watchword.
Don’t forget Matchday 2 will come your way Friday 9th December 2016.
Wikki Tourist Fc Vs Rangers International Fc – Time: 5:00pm
Fc Ifeanyi Ubah Vs Rivers United Fc – Time 7:00pm
Venue: Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
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