A Seka Pascal’s solitary strike in the 17th minute was all FC Ifeanyi Ubah needed to claim all the points at stake in one of the Matchday 33 fixtures of the Nigerian Professional Football League played at the FC Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium Nnewi on Sunday.
The technical crew led by Tactician Yaw Preko made five changes to the side that forced Abia Warriors to a scoreless affair last weekend as Goalkeeper Okafor Uche, Eze Stephen, Elu Wilson, Seka Pascal and Alaekwe Chijioke made the starting 11 ahead of Bamba Drissa who served a match ban for accumulation of 5 yellow cards, with Maamo Joseph, Baadu Isaac and Onuigbo Ifeanyi all dropping to the bench.
The Anambra Warriors kickstarted proceedings with some sense of urgency and nearly took an early lead save for Bright Onyedikachi’s header which sailed inches wide in the second minute from a Huan John’s cross into the box. The diminutive attacker should have done better with a replica opportunity in the fourth minute in a typical one-on-one situation but Goalkeeper Umar made the easiest of saves.
Seka Pascal scored what would eventually be the game decider in the 17th minute after a loss ball in the middle of the park as he embarked on a solo run into the box and finishing off in style. Goalkeeper Umar came to the rescue of the Solid Miners denying Bright again after he was set up by Alaekwe in a one-two situation for the final real chance of the first stanza.
The second half commenced in similar fashion like the first, Patrick Ikeokwu was denied by the woodwork in the 47th minute for what would have been the second of the game. There was a scare in the 57th minute as Adeleye Olamilekan after colliding with a player of the Solid Miners had a bit of a lengthy treatment on the pitch but was satified fit by the medics to continue.
Two minutes after that Seka Pascal had a glorious opportunity from a fine counter attacking move initiated by Alaekwe but he however blew his effort wide. An Obaje’s indirect free kick in the 86th minute after Bright was fouled eluded everyone in the box to sail out for a goal kick. Isaac Loute also curled his effort from a free kick wide with two minutes of normal time remaining as the Warriors held on for the vital win.
FC IFEANYI UBAH 1 (SEKA PASCAL-17′)
NASARAWA UNITED 0
Next up for FC Ifeanyi Ubah who are 5th on the NPFL log with 50 points amassed in 33 matches is a trip to Maidugari next sunday to face El Kanemi Warriors.