NPFL: Ifeanyi Ubah see off Pillars, extend unbeaten run

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FC Ifeanyi Ubah extended their unbeaten run in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, to eight matches after seeing off former champions, Kano Pillars, 2-0 at the FCIU International Stadium in Anambra on Sunday.

 

Goals from Godwin Obaje ensured the Anambra Warriors moved up to third in the league on 34points, five points behind leaders, Plateau United.

Ifeanyi Ubah started the liveliest, coming close to taking the lead as early as the third minute, through Valentine Nwabili, but David Obiazo in goal for Pillars was on hand to keep the score at 0-0.

However, Pillars went close minutes later, but Drisssa Bamba was alert to deny Nyima Nwangwa, whose effort the Warriors’ goalkeeper pushed out for a corner.

With both sides threatening and in search of a breakthrough, it was the home side who found one when Godwin Obaje gave them a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, after a brilliant work on the wings by King Osanga.

Despite Pillars best efforts, the failed to find an equalizer before the break as Ifeanyi Ubah led 1-0 at half time.

Three minutes after the restart, whatever Pillars were told during the break was obviously not working as the home side doubled their advantage. An attack from FCIU saw Alhassan Ibrahim punished for handling Obaje’s cross with his hand in the box, and Obaje stepped up to convert the resultant penalty to give his team a 2-0 lead.

Pillars conitued to find a way, but six minutes from time, the host nearly scored a third, but Pillars defence was alert to the dangers as a double clearance denied Obaje and Seka Pascal.

FCIU held on for the win to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches, the most by any side this season.

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