Match Day 5 Round-Up: Akwa sustain lead as Enyimba and Heartland’s miseries continues

Akwa United continued their run of good form with another comprehensive win in Uyo on a day Cup holders Kano Pillars halted the winning runs of new comers, Abia Warriors at the Umuahia Township Stadium in a nil all draw and Warri Wolves beat new comers, Giwa FC and the four Oriental Clubs failed to win. FC Taraba’s 1-0 defeat of last season’s runners-up, Enyimba International was perhaps the upset of the week.

Akwa United extended their stay at the top and unbeaten this season thanks to two first half goals by Ukeme Davies and Ubong Ekpai to make it a baptism of fire for Nembe City in their first game since being provisionally cleared to participate in the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season.

Salami got his first goal of the season for his new Club Warri Wolves to defeat Glo Premier League newcomers, Giwa FC, 2-0 on Sunday with Amutu Iwujui making sure of victory with the second goal for the Seasiders. Wolves came into the match on the back of failing to win in their last three matches in all competitions including an exit from the CAF Confederation Cup in the hands of Tunisian outfit, CA Bizertin.

But Salami made his presence count on match day as he scored his first goal in the colours of the Seasiders since completing a move to the Warri club in the off-season from relegated Shooting Stars of Ibadan. The result represents a second win for Wolves this season in four league matches.

However, it was unhappy news for the Oriental quartet of Enyimba International and Heartland FC particularly as the Aba Elephants lost their second game on the trot and Heartland are yet to win this season after a nil all draw with Nasarawa United in Owerri. In Umuahia, the giant-killing nerves of Abia Warriors deserted them as they were held to a scoreless draw by cup holders, kano Pillars and Rangers in Enugu fired blanks against Sunshine in another fixture that produced no goals.

Bobby Abel prodded home what turned out to be the winning goal for FC Taraba inside the opening 20 minutes of the match against Enyimba at the Jolly Nyame Stadium and it is his second strike in five games.

Enyimba only turned up for the last 20 minutes and tried to salvage a point without success as they slumped to a second straight league defeat.

The only other remaining unbeaten side this season, Bayelsa United may have to await further decision of the League Management Company (LMC) following the abrupt ending of their fixture with El-Kanemi over a disputed second Bayelsa United goal. At the time of the stalemate, Bayelsa United and El-Kanemi were tied on 1-1 after Ndubuisi Ekwuruibe cancelled out Ebitimi Agogu's first half strike.

Francis Nnedum scored the winner for Crown FC against Gombe United, who missed the chance to level the score after Suleman Usman missed a spot kick.


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