Enyimba Football Club has qualified for the Nigeria Professional Football League playoff despite drawing the curtains on the first round with a 1-2 loss to Katsina United at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium on Sunday evening.
The People’s Elephant filed out to the pitch with the knowledge that their playoff hopes would be truncated only in the event of MFM recording an unlikely win at Sunshine Stars, but the former enjoyed a topsy-turvy 4-2 win to make Enyimba’s loss in Katsina a mere procession.
Usman Abd’Allah handed promising young left back, Johnson Umah, his debut while Olayinka Onoalapo returned from a lengthy layoff for his first appearance of the season.
The hosts were handed the chance for a flying start when Adeniyi Adewale pointed to the spot after Onoalapo was found guilty of ball handling, but Stanley Nwabali stood his good ground to stop Tasiu Lawal’s straight kick.
After few half chances flew at both ends, the breakthrough eventually came for the hosts in the 34th minute when Martins Usually got to the end of a swift attacking move to finish calmly into Nwabali’s near post.