By Fisayo Dairo
Former league’s top scorer Godwin Obaje netted a brace as Abia Warriors came from behind to beat Warri Wolves 4-1 in a MatchDay 11 game decided at the Okigwe Stadium on Sunday.
The match had barely got underway when Wolves got in front through winger Sunday Williams who finished Efe Yarhere’s cutback with aplomb.
Warriors would wake up from their initial lethargy and levelled matters in the 22nd minute through Chukwuemeka Obioma who finished off a good Warriors move when his attempted cross flew, perhaps aided by the wind, over Wolves goalkeeper Richard Ocheayi.
With seconds left in the first half, Warriors were awarded a corner kick and Obaje was at the right place to poke home Paul Samson’s flick to give Imama Amapakabo’s wards a crucial lead going into the break.
Wolves dominated the early part of the second half although without any breakthrough but it was Obaje once again that picked up the ball after a defensive header at the edge of the box to strike home a precise effort to the bottom corner.
The impressive Paul Samson then got in on the act nine minutes from time, keeping his calm before burying home Fatai Abdullahi’s cross from inside the box.
The win marks the first time Abia Warriors would win back-to-back games this season and lifts the team to 16th on the log, out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Abia Warriors lineup
30. Olorunleke Ojo 13. Innocent Gabriel 23. Kabiru Muhammad 10. Anthony Okemmiri 20. Markson Ojobo 15. Adekunle Adeleke 19. Samuel Christian 4. Fatai Abdullahi 21. Godwin Obaje 9. Obioma Chukwuemeka 7. Paul Samson
22. Vincent Edafe 2. Ibukun Harrison 8. Utibe Arit 12. Yakubu Hammed 14. Emmanuel Ugwuka 16. Austine Obarakpo 18. Tekena Garando 26. Mustapha Jibreel 28. Bello Lukman
GOALS: Chukwuemeka Obioma 22′ Godwin Obaje 45+4′ 66′ Paul Samson 81′
35. Richard Ocheayi 37. David Chimezie 25. Olusegun Olalere 14. Jimmy Iteji 24. Goodluck Onamado 18. Innocent Orukpe 7. Sunday Williams 10. Daniel Mark 19. Efe Yarhere 23. Tega Ebetomame 8. John Paul Chinedu
40. Pwadadi Bulus 2. Jumbo Wisdom 26. Akpos Adubi 15. Ijeh Daniel 36. Lucius Ozioma 17. Ridwan Agbabiaka 13. Eru Jackson 4. Emeka Nnaemeka
GOAL: Sunday Williams 3′