Enyimba International FC of Aba had skipper, Somiari Alalibo to thank at the end of their matchday 9 NPFL fixture at home against Lobi Stars as the defender headed home at the death, to secure three points for the People’s Elephant, platinumnewsng.com is reporting.
The crunch tie at the Enyimba Stadium against visiting table toppers, Lobi Stars met with the expectation of many, being indeed a tough battle between big wits.
Coach Olanrewaju Yemi made five changes to the starting line-up from the last game against Doma United. Chidiebere Nnachi made a return to the starting line up, and Eze Ekwutoziam came in for suspended Daniel Daga.
Joseph Atule was a major threat for his former team, as the Enyimba star man made several efforts to score in the game, including a powerful free kick in the 73rd minute that the goal keeper kept out.
The eventual goalscorer, Alalibo came close to scoring in the first half after much pressure from the home team, but Lobi Stars defense remained resolute.
Chijioke Mbaoma as well as Chibueze Izuogu combined beautifully few times to create trouble for the visiting Ortom boys, but then, it wasn’t to be.
Just two minutes to the end of regulation time, Alalibo was up front again, this time, his head met with a beautiful cross which he directed well into the back of the net to secure maximum points for the people’s elephant.
This victory leaves Enyimba in 16th position on the NPFL standing, though playing two games less. On their part, Lobi Stars drops to second position with Doma United overtaking them after a brilliant win against Plateau United on Saturday.