Enyimba thrash Wikki Tourists to ruin Abd’Allah’s Aba return
By Diegwu Nwankwor
Champions Enyimba FC made it three wins in a roll in the NPFL after thrashing Wikki Tourists 3-0 in a rescheduled Matchday 11 fixture in Aba.
Stanley Dimgba, Austin Oladapo and Victor Mbaoma scored the goals for the People’s Elephant in what was a miserable homecoming for former Enyimba coach Usman Abd’Allah.
The match started very slowly with none of the team being able to take control of the match or creating any real chance to the disappointment of the fans who came out in their numbers.
However, the deadlock was broken on the stroke of halftime when Dimgba picked up the ball in midfield and combined beautifully with Cyril Olisema before delivery a powerful low strike into the back of the net.
The late first half goal seemed to have lifted Enyimba’s spirits as they started the second half the better of the two sides dominating possession and creating chances.
The People’s Elephant were rewarded for their effort in the 56th minute when Oladapo rounded off a double one-two play with Dimgba to double the lead.
Enyimba continued to produce beautiful football, replicating the kind of form that saw them win the title last season and it was no surprise they got a third.
Mbaoma was played through on goal by a beautiful pass from Oladapo. Mbaoma made no mistake as he got the ball into the bottom corner.
In all it was an outstanding performance from Enyimba who have now won their last four matches in all competitions including three in the NPFL.
The win also lifts Enyimba to 11th on the table still having four outstanding matches.
What The Managers Said
Fatai Osho – Enyimba
“I must commend the boys who worked so hard throughout the entire match. It was a tough match because we came up against a well-structured Wikki Tourists side who were very hard to break. As for the winning streak, we are not getting ahead of ourselves. We are going to be taking the match one after the other and we see where it takes us to.”
Usman Abd’Allah – Wikki Tourists
“Conceding the first goal in the dying minutes of the first half really hit us hard mentally and I must say we never really recovered. We still have a lot of work to do in the team but I am optimistic that we can only get better in our performances.”
Enyimba 3-0 Wikki Tourists
Shots (On Target): 10(7) – 16(3)
Blocked shots: 1-3
Yellow card: 0-0
Red card: 0-0
Man of The Match – Austin Oladapo [Enyimba]