Wikki hit Jigawa 2-0 for Season’s second win
By Joshua Tekidek
Wikki Tourist resurgence continued with another fine display as they won two nill against Jigawa Golden Stars in one of MatchDay 6 fixtures played on Monday.
The Bauchi team have now gone three games without defeat, earning seven points.
Both teams went into the game without defeat in their last two games and were hoping to build on it, but it was Wikki Tourist that came out victorious, thanks to goals from Nazifi Yahaya in the 39th minute and Promise Damala in the 79th minute.
Usman Abdallah made no changes to the squad that secured a draw against Akwa United while Jigawa’s coach Gilbart Opana made five changes from last match day squad.
It was a high tempo game filled with rough tackles. The referee had a tough time controlling the game which was never allowed to flow because of the stoppages.
Wikki started on a high, winning four corners in the early stage but failing to make anything from it.
The visitors later through Danburam got into the box forcing a melee with Musa and Stone pressing for a goal which they thought they had only to see the ball in the safe hands of Wikki goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali.
Three minutes to the half hour mark, coach Gilbert substituted Danburam Abdulkadir who had earlier been booked and later received a verbal warning. He was replaced with Dogara Peter.
Wikki’s first clear chance then came when Mathew Emmanuel’s strike hit the bar but the rebound did not cross the line.
Nazifi’s fantastic strike from the edge gave the hosts the deserved lead few minutes to half time.
Another chance came begging this time from Promise Damala who was having a great game, but it went just wide.
Early in the second half Jigawa made two more changes with Ali Musa and Olarewaju replacing Mubarak Bello and Papa Idris.
The visitors gave a better performance this half and came close a couple of times through Abdullahi Musa, Ali Kalla and Stone. The later’s indecision in the 64th minutes saw him allowing Ambrose to recover and clear after he had dribbled past him and Nwabali.
The game was put to bed with eleven minutes to the end when Damala struck.
Jigawa then did everything to at least get a goal including two substitutes late on, one of which was Dogara but that did not fetch them the goal.
Wikki will hope to continue getting good results as they travel to FC IfeanyiUbah while Jigawa will hope to bounce back against Heartland in their next match.
Wikki 11: Stanley Nwabali, Nazifi Yahaya(Thompson Abiodun 90′), Andrew Abalagu(Olayinka Onaolapo 87′), Madu Arinze, Mathew Emmanuel(Bright Emmanuel 68′), Peter Ambrose, Salisu Adamu, Chinedu Udeagha, Maiyaki Ismail, Promise Damala, Idris Guda Mohammed (Freedom Omofoman 66′)
Jigawa GS 11: Godwin Paul, Bilal Yakubu, Papa Idris(Olarenwaju Abdulrahman 46′), Ibrahim Umar, James Ajako, Danburam Abdulkadir(Dogara Peter 22′(Yusuf Abdullahi 85′), Richard Christopher, Mubarak Bello(Ali Kalla ,46′) Olasunkanmi Quadiri, Abdullahi Musa(Arinze Oyola 85′), Samuel Stone.