Godwin Obaje’s brace was all that Nnewi based FC Ifeanyi Ubah needed to beat Shooting Star of Ibadan 2-1 yesterday to end the first stanza of the 2016/2017 NPFL on high.
The Anambra Warriors thus maintained their home invisibility at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Nnewi this season.
The Oluyole Warriors had earlier scared the Anambra Warriors 20 minutes into play when Sunday Faleye got the opener against the run of play.
All efforts by the Anambra Warrioirs to get an equalizer in the first half were thwarted by the visitors defence line.
Sunday Faleye of Shooting Stars FC would have increased the tally for his side thirty four minutes into play but Adou Blaise’s timely intervention prevented him from finding the back of the net.
Seka Pascal was brought down in the eighteen yard box of Shooting Stars and the resultant spot kick was well converted by Godwin Obaje for the equalizer.
Again, FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s defender, Adeleye Olamilekan brilliant header was handled by a defender of Shooting Stars in their vital area and Obaje took the resultant spot kick excellently to put the game beyond the reach of the visitors.
Speaking after the encounter, the Chief Coach of the Anambra Warriors, Preko Yaw commended his boys for picking the three points at stake in a match which according to him was a very technical one.
He expressed the resolve of his side to reach for the tops when the second stanza of the NPFL commences