Uche Sebastian returns to destroy Wolves in Nnewi
After missing a couple of games to serve out his match bans, Uche Sebastian returned with a brace to earn FC IfeanyiUbah 3-1 victory over visiting Warri Wolves in the NPFL Matchday 14 fixture, Sunday evening in Nnewi.
Prior to kickoff, Uche Okagbue, Coach of the Nnewi side had described the fixture as a must-win and the players delivered on the pitch despite an early setback.
Sebastian was absent in their previous two games which they lost to Nasarawa United and Rangers FC but he would return to strike twice for FC IfeanyiUbah to add to Christian Nnaji’s effort against the Warri boys.
Wolves threw an early scare the way of the Nnewi fans, scoring first with Charles Atsemene lifting highest in the box to nod in Abu Azeez’s cross to take the lead in the 23rd minute.
Their celebration was however short-lived as Christian Nnaji latched on Eric Oguocha’s cross to produce a 34th minute equaliser.
Sebastian stepped forward twice to seal victory for FC Ifeanyiuba , first in the 43rd minute when he tapped in Ekene Awazie’s chip into the area and again in the 70th when he received a layup from Samuel Kalu and put all calmly behind goalkeeper Richard Ocheayi.
Wolves struggled hard to change the outcome of the game, bringing on forwards Ridwan Agbabiaka and Michael Okoyoh even as Abu Azeez tried to add verve but the damage had been established and Azeez will get a yellow card for his desperate charge against Samuel Kalu.
It was a must-win for us – Okagbue:
Satisfied Coach Okagbue says the game went according to plan and Sebastian proved himself.
“After our last two games we told ourselves we must stem the tide and the next game is a must-win. It was just important that we won. Sebastian was not in the last two games because of the match ban from the red card he got against Kano Pillars. He is back now. He is an up and coming striker and he has proved himself once again in this game.”
No business losing – Ogenyi:
Wolves coach Evans Ogenyi blamed the defeat on poor attitude and loss of concentration on the part of his players and he disclosed plans for a psycho analysis of the team.
“I always say no NPFL team is a push over and IfeanyUbah are a good side but we had no business losing this game. It was due to loss of concentration on the part of my players. You can see that we scored first. I wonder how we ended up losing but we will have to do psycho-analysis to correct that.”
FC Ifeanyi are up next for an Oriental derby as they clash with neighbors Abia Warriors in the Matchday 15 fixture midweek.