A late strike from Mannir Ubale fired the northerners to a slim victory over the Aba Elephants at Confluence Stadium on Tuesday
Kano Pillars leaped to
the summit of the Nigeria Premier League following a hard fought win
over Enyimba of Aba in a rescheduled league game played at the
Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.
The League Management
Board ordered for a replay following the incidence that greeted the
encounter when it was first played on September 11 in Kano.
Enyimba had promising
chances in the first half but veteran striker, Victor Ezeji could not
put in begging chances as their opponent had little chances to move
towards the Enyimba half.
The Aba Elephants seemed
to be largely relaxed dominating the first 45 minutes of the encounter,
but they were given a scare just a few moments after the restart as the
hosts dominated the early stages of the second half.
Bello Kofarmata had a
glorious chance to put his side ahead but decided to shoot tamely at
Femi Thomas who was impressive in goal for Enyimba.
Pillars improved in the
second half but were more cautious of conceding and as a result did less
of the attacking. Mohammed Gambo then went close to getting himself on
the score sheet but he could only chest a bouncing ball wide with Thomas
out of position.
Both managers made attacking substitutions in a bid to claim the win
late on, but it was two of Kano Pillars' new additions who provided the
The tie was running to an end when Ubale took advantage of an
opportunity and made it count. The win fires Baba Ganaru’s side to the
top of the league with 60 points while Bayelsa United is second with 58
points. ----------------------------- goal.com