El-Kanemi, Pil­lars record home vic­to­ries

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua, in Kano

The two Glo Nigeria Pre­mier League matches played yes­ter­day in Kano pro­duced vic­to­ries for the host teams as El-Kanemi War­riors de­feated Lobi Stars 2-0, while de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Kano Pil­lars overwhelmed 10-man FC Taraba 3-1.

El-Kanemi for­ward Obioma Arinze opened scor­ing for his side in the 38th minute af­ter a de­fen­sive mix-up saw his low shot beat Terkaa Me­lai in goal for Lobi.

The vis­i­tors at­tempted to re­spond im­me­di­ately but their ma­jor un­do­ing was poor fin­ish­ing.

For­mer Lobi Stars mid­fielder Em­manuel Ajia sealed vic­tory for his side with a su­perbly curled shot in the 56th minute of the match.

Lobi had sev­eral chances to at least re­duce the tally but poor fin­ish­ing by Barn­abas Imenger and Mo­hammed Sani de­nied them.

Speak­ing af­ter the match, El-Kanemi Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser Sal­isu Yusuf ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the out­come of the match.

He praised the per­for­mance of both sides as he said con­sid­er­ing the harsh weather con­di­tions, the play­ers couldn’t have done more than they did.

The sec­ond match of the evening was full of drama as the FC Taraba goal­keeper Richard Ocheayi was sent off early in the first half to re­duce his side to 10 men.

Pil­lars’ pacy striker Ezekiel Mba scored the first goal for his side in the 25th minute but the goal was ve­he­mently protested by the vis­i­tors.

It was in the process that Ocheayi was is­sued the first yel­low card which was fol­lowed with an­other two min­utes later re­sult­ing into his send­ing off.

Gambo Mo­hammed made it two for the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, while Taraba re­duced the tally af­ter Pil­lars de­fender Umar Zango scored an own goal.

How­ever, pil­lars con­tin­ued to mount pres­sure which yielded div­i­dends when mid­fielder Eneji Otekpa fired a thun­der­bolt that hit the cross bar be­fore bounc­ing into the net for the third goal.

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